This is Strive Not To Drive Week in Asheville, and I’ve been doing my best, with mixed success. Too many appointments in too many disparate places with too many tools to easily bike, and impossible to use transit to any advantage.
Monday, May 17
Morning construction work in the depths of Kenilworth. Could have taken bus at 7 a.m. to Transit Center, transfer to bus south, past the hospital, and walked seven blocks carrying construction tools and materials. Would have arrived at work at about 9 a.m.
Need to be on Talmadge in West Asheville, 11:45 a.m.. Could have worked an hour and a quarter and caught bus about 10:40 a.m. to Transit Center, transfer to west-bound bus, land somewhere on Brevard Road and walk about eight blocks.
Tree Commission meeting at Taj Ma Garaj, Charlotte St., noon. The only bus back to downtown in time for this meeting is the same bus I would have taken out of downtown to make my 11:45 date.
Medical appointment near Claxton Elementary, 1:30 p.m.. No way to make noon meeting AND get to doctor visit via public transit or bike.
2:45 p.m. repair job in Weaverville – impossible via public transit/bike
3:20 p.m. repair job West of Weaverville – impossible via public transit/bike
4:00 p.m. Drive like mad to return to town, jump on bike to participate in Strive Not to Drive Leadership Ride event in Downtown Asheville.
Tuesday, May 18
Morning construction work downtown in easy reach via bicycle, but vehicle maintenance slated for my car at 8 a.m. So I drop off the car and walk to work.
Tutor at Hall-Fletcher Elementary 11:50 a.m. In order to not drive I would have to leave downtown at 11 a.m. so would have maybe two hours of work. After tutoring might catch 2:40 bus back downtown, but have to work in Kenilworth, so car makes more sense all around. Then must go north on Merrimon for more paint. Ach. Finally jumped on bicycle for evening errand.
Wednesday, May 19
Morning work in Kenilworth, need tools and paint which could probably be achieved via bus, but must be at Chamber of Commerce at noon for Blue Zone meeting. To make Chamber at noon, would need to be at Transit Center at 11, means walking seven blocks to catch bus on Biltmore by about 10:30 – essentially cutting two hours out of morning’s work. Instead take car to work, back home, take truck to Chamber, thence to building supply for materials, back to Kenilworth, unload. Home, ride bike to meeting downtown, discover meeting canceled, ride home. Intended to ride bike to interview on WCQS, but interview canceled due to technical hiccups at radio station.
Thursday, May 20
Headed off with too many tools to carry in both hands, to work in Kenilworth this morning. Car only realistic option.