As I sit on my bike in the mornings at the 109th Street and Saskatchewan Drive intersection, I sometimes count how many passing cars are single occupancy. The percentage is about 90%, which is shameful given that many of them are driving from the same neighborhood to the same general area.

Concerned citizens should make their transportation choices in this order of preference:

  1. walk or bike
  2. bus
  3. carpool
  4. drive alone

There's a very cool new tool for Edmontonians who want to carpool:

It's free. You just enter your information, including your preferred departure and arrival times for before and after work, and it will match you with other wannabe carpoolers. So easy! When I tried it I found someone who works near me living two blocks away. It even shows you a cool Google Map of potential matches: screenshot

Once you have identified a match, you can email the person and discuss the possibilities.

Carpooling can mean alternating driving days with someone or paying for gas to be a passenger. You can negotiate that with your fellow commuter.


If the biking, walking and busing options don't work for you, cut your impact in half by carpooling.

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Funny you mention that intersection. (109 and Sask Dr.)

when i was a young naive kid, driving to school from the depths of the east city, i did little thought of alternative ways of getting there. Not to say that i "loved driving", infact i loathed it.
THe traffic, the grumpy drivers, not to mention my sleepy eyes.

on winter morning (well below -10C) there stood a biker with a large banner that read:


he didnt tell me to sell my car and join a growing group of people who crawl everywhere.
it was a simple plea and i ran with it.

I explored the bus.
after that day. i would spend my mornings writing, reading the newspaper or simply sleeping all the way to school. it was fabulous.

it was an easy but daunting change.
a change nonetheless, that i loved.

i am glad i dont drive to work.

Wow, that's amazing. That biker was almost certainly Michael Kalmanovitch of Earth's General Store fame. He used to hold that very sign up there. I'm sure he'll be pleasd that someone took thoughtful notice of his message.

You touched on a phenomenon that dedicated drivers would be amazed by: once you learn how to commute or otherwise get around without your car, unexpected benefits pop up. I sit on the bus with my kids on my lap and have a conversation with them. I never get a parking ticket or look for a parking spot. I exercise without even meaning to when I bike around. The great irony is that life is better driving less, and yet many of us continue this damaging love affair with the car because we've never tried any other way.


another good-er is the intersection of sask drive and gateway blvd.

a friend and i sat at that corner on a tuesday morning in the summer.

making bets on when a car with more than one person would pass. minutes went by.

we came up with a cool little tongue-and-cheek short film about it. (hypothetically)

filmed this summer perhaps?

stay tuned!

The best comment I've yet heard when someone found out that we don't have a car is "do you still go to movies?!". They've never left their home without the aid of their big steel wheelchair, so they can't conceive of another way to get around.


My question is not about movies, what do you do about kids?


First of all, you need to live in the right place. If you're not in a walkable neighbourhood, you're done. What about kids? Bike trailers, trail-a-bikes, wagons, public transit, and walking.


Seems a bit unrealistic(I live in Nova Scotia), and even for the few places in Canada that are close to a public elementary school, grocery store, and library, you can't stock up on groceries with a trail bike.

When apple juice went on sale for 65c/1.2L, I loaded up 10 dozen in the family van.


I can carry 10 dozen apple juice boxes and more on my cargo trailer. It's not only 100% realistic, since I live in reality and I do it, but it is 100% necessary, in order for us to avoid the worst of the climate and energy crises.

I'm not saying we'll do it (I think we'll resort to wishful thinking instead), I'm just saying that the kind of hyper conservation that will be required will not include us flying around in our electric cars. It will require us riding bikes short distances the majority of the time. Again, not that it will happen, but I see it as the only realistic path.

You seem to be talking religion now instead of science.
You also seem to be talking out your arse; after you have four or more young children you'll see how far from 100% realistic your car-free idea is.


You don't have to talk like that Ralph.

I personally disagree with having four or more kids due to our population problem so I wouldn't do it. I have a two sons, 3 and 5, and we live a great life without a car. In fact, it's better than if we did have a car. That's not religion or talking out my arse.

Also, the last time I checked there were millions of families around the world, living without a car, with four or more kids. Finally, knowledge about peak oil and climate change are based on very rigorous science.

This is the wishful thinking that I mentioned. We just can't imagine that we aren't somehow so privileged that resource depletion and the climate crisis won't catch up to us.


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