Does anyone not drive to work?

  1. Does anyone out there get to work other than in their own car everyday? Like, does anyone bicycle, walk, subway, train or bus it?
    I live in Portland, and the hospital I am trying to work at is 4.5 miles from my apartment, which is well within bicycle shot. Do you feel that driving people act differently to you because you don't drive to work? Anybody?
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    I guess I'm old and dense and don't get it. Why would anyone treat you differently? If you're on time and breathing, that's all I care about!!
  4. by   semstr
    Hi Mario,

    I go to work by subway and 2 trams, it takes about 45 minutes to get there and in the afternoon about an hour to get back home again.
    In another thread I wrote about not having a car, because both my husband and I don't like to drive cars. Although ages and ages ago we both took drivinglessons and he has his license.

    Your question is not so strange though, a lot of people react with "oh sorry, yes a car is expensive" and stuff like that, when you tell them there is no car in the family.
    They look even stranger, when you tell them there is no need for a car. Becuase you live in the middle of town, with subway etc. around you.
    And you get the most peculiar looks, when you say you don't want to drive because you don't feel safe in a car.
    In the year 2002, that is something very few people understand.

    I don't like to fly either, but that is something else.

    Take care and keep on cycling, Renee
  5. by   Marj Griggs
    Hi Mario--I live about 10 miles from the hospital, and have car-pooled as often as possible. That helps a lot on the gas bill, lets me feel noble (!), and allows me to persuade the cp member with 4wd to drive when it snows. In our part of the country it doesn't snow enough for people to get skilled at driving in the stuff unless they drive up to ski, and I haven't been on skis since I was 9!!
  6. by   Mkue
    Mario I love your picture !! that is so cute !

    Although I'm not actually working yet, still a student, I drive 45 min. ea way to college and it is so worth it. However, when I finish I will still have to drive at least 30 min. each way where ever I work as I live in the farm country (rural) with very little in the form of nursing jobs relatively close !

  7. by   TCW
    I drive to work (20 minutes) and I hate every minute of it. Where I used to work I could take the bus to work and although public transportation has it's bad points it was much easier on my nerves.

    Yes, people do react to you differently when you say you don't drive or don't have a car. Before I bought a car folks behaved like I couldn't afford one. The truth is, I only bought a car because I took a job that required reliable transportation. I'd love to walk to work!
  8. by   Michelle_nurse
    I take the bus (I have to transfer onto a second bus).
    It takes an hour, (sometimes an hour and a half), depending on the time and day of the week.
    There are about 5 or 6 people who regularly take the bus. I am the only nurse who doesn't have a car, (the other 2 nurses who SOMETIMES take the bus, take it when it is convenient for their spouse or kids. The others are Orderlies, that travel even further than me.
    It is upseting, cause it is 20 min. by car!
  9. by   Paprikat
    Hi, I live in B.C. and take the SkyTrain to work and absolutely love it. It gives me time to meditate and chill out before my day begins...the olny drawback is that I have to walk from the station to my job, about 10 minutes away. It is in a bad area and in June, I was attacked, injured and had my purse stolen by a crack head only about 100 meters from my place of employment. So now I am afraid to walk to work....
  10. by   mario_ragucci
    Wow paprikat, I hope you just lost your purse, and were not hurt. That makes me mad to hear that :-( I have been to Vancouver when I used to live in Seattle and it looked even more cleaner than Seattle did. You never can tell, and I bet it is a wonderful ride on that skytrain. Vancouver is a beautiful city. Sorry to hear about the mugging.
    Michele Nurse - the bus can be annoying as well. So many people take the bus and cough all over the place (my achilies heel....people coughing out)
    I used to think of the bus as an option on days when I felt like dressing up, but it wasn't worth it. I found it easier just to pack nice clothes with me, and shower and change at school. I wonder, if I get this hospital job, if they will allow me to have a place to change/ shower if I want. Once you get used to burning 3000+ kcal a day on the bike, its hard to not ride it because you get all ancy being still all the time.
    Try it, drop 3-4 hundred $$ and get a new, good bike, with full suspension. They have 24 speeds these days, and the brakes are very reliable. they have come a long way from the old days of bicycles. Also, take those off road tires off and puchew some road tires on it. A 7-10 mile trip on a new bike is very do-able, and all the cortisol gets dealt with as your pedaling. :-)
  11. by   night owl
    Let me put it this way...if I could get my helicopter piolets license, I would and fly to work! I drive an hour each way and I'm really beginning to hate it. I've been doing it for 15 years. Why? because I'm stuck to the place I work at. I've been there for 26 years...too long to just quit and seek employment elsewhere. I love my job, but the ride is killing me! Anyone have a helicopter 4sale??? I bet it would take me 15 min to fly there. I wouldn't even have to go up too high, just follow route 80 and go faster! oops, watch those wires! Oooooh and that bridge!!!
    Last edit by night owl on Feb 20, '02
  12. by   Paprikat
    Mario - you're right Vancouver is a beautiful city. I like living here.
    It's the crime that ruins it, I guess all cities are like this.
    I just wanted to say that I like how you are always changing your picture. Your gradeschool picture is so cute!
  13. by   Michelle_nurse

    Are you talking about that area near China Town and Gas town???? I forget the name of the street. I was there in October, and we found Vancouver beautiful, except for one street......hookers, druggies and police. I would go back to Van in a heart beat, but I would avoid that street! I didn't see any hospitals, and I was actually kinda looking. I was staying at The Sutton Place and apparently there was one up the street.......