It irks me that so many people in this city seem to think one needs a vehicle. Barring any special circumstances (e.g. certain disabilities, or having a lot of young kids to cart around), you really don't need one here. Maybe if you have to commute *really* far to and from work (e.g. Abbotsford-Vancouver)... But even if it's a fair distance, if you have the option of transit (e.g. Surrey-Vancouver), taking the train and a bus or two is probably faster than sitting behind the wheel and dealing with overturned semi-trucks etc. for over two hours. Cars are really, really nice to have, sure. They're convenient as hell. I miss being able to just slide behind the wheel of my own car and go wherever I want in a shorter amount of time, keeping dry from the rain, not having to wait around for a bus or train that's late, dealing with overcrowding... But I've lived both lifestyles throughout my life, and a car is simply not necessary. They're money pits, let's be honest -- and in an already expensive city with low median incomes, shelling out every month for exorbitant insurance and gas and maintenance really hurts most people's bank accounts. Not to mention that cars are shit for our environment... So it's annoying when people express genuine surprise when others don't own cars. It happens to me frequently. Are these people from out of town places where it's unthinkable not to own one? Have they never taken the bus or train here? What's the deal? PS - this topic makes me even more angry when I remember all the people who voted 'no' in that referendum... We need to think about the future. Better public transit makes for better living in cities. Period.
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