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Why I Love My Short Commute

Posted on January 7, 2019


Beaverton

Right Now with Kevin Teater

  • What I’m Listening to – Rend Collective
  • What I’m Reading – Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (almost done!)
  • What I’m Watching ­– These days it is mostly University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball
  • What I’m Doing – Chilling next to my dog on the couch after eating dinner

Last week, one of our ELGL friends shared why she loves her long commute. It was thought-provoking for me, a passionate urbanist who lives less than a two-minute walk to work. I love my short commute, and I am grateful to live, work, and play within a one-mile radius. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Hello MayberryI have time to unwind at home. My walk helps clear my head. I can safely call friends and family without worrying about crashing a two-ton vehicle. This all improves my mental and emotional health.
  2. I get to see my dog at lunch. She sometimes even gets to walk to work with me!
  3. I walk past several local businesses and get to know the owners. My community of 100,000 now feels a little like Mayberry, as these community members yell out “Hey Kevin!” and we wave to each other.
  4. Cars can be isolating. People move from their living room to the garage to their car to work without having a meaningful interaction with another human. It’s no wonder so many of us are lonely, despite living near so many people. A simple walk to work helps me feel a little more connected, and a little more loved.
  5. Short Commute FlowersWalking helps me experience my city in a more personal and intimate way. I see where sidewalks need fixing. I feel where it feels dangerous and unsafe. I experience the little alleyways and hidden pedestrian paths. I walk through parks full of holiday lights, shooting fountains, and laughing children. I even get to (literally) stop and smell roses the size of my head.
  6. It’s good for the environment! Transportation accounts for about a third of the climate changing emissions in the United States. I am happy to live a more environmentally sustainable life.
  7. Walking and biking are affordable. I got a flat tire on my bike a couple weeks ago. Instead of the expensive charge of a car tire, I paid five dollars for a new tire and repaired the bike myself. Furthermore, when I make a purchase like this, virtually all of that money stays in my local economy.

Now that I have had the opportunity to live this lifestyle, I don’t think I could ever do anything different. My quality of life skyrocketed once I was able to get rid of my car and enjoy my short commute. I know this style of living isn’t for everyone, but it sure has been good for me. I’d like to think that it’s good for my community as well.

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