Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Why I shouldn't be driving

I almost had a heart attack while driving from my work to the University District to interview someone for a story. I've been taking the ferry and bus as my modes of transportation for months now, and hardly ever drive.

Every moment I was behind the wheel today, I felt like I was going to hit someone. Too many distractions! Buses, cars, pedestrians, bikes, all zipping in and out of my line of sight. I felt like every turn was a blind corner, and that someone would sideswipe me through a stoplight.

When I do drive, I drive on Bainbridge Island, which is like maneuvering through an old folks home. People travel under the speed limit, and linger at 4-way stops as each person waves the other through. I feel perfectly at ease driving 35 miles per hour, and so today, on I-5, people were treating ME like the granny, and zipping by my 60 miles per hour.

Sometimes I wish there were no cars, and everything was public transportation. What if instead of building roads, we built rails? What would a city look like with train systems going up every major arterial? And instead of I-5, a high speed train between Seattle and Portland? Driving is just so dangerous, with thousands of people dying every year. I'll stick to Bainbridge Island, or my trusty old ferry.


Lisa said...

Here's a weird story; when I was first a street reporter....way back in the '80's, my radio station was in the Pike Place Market. Most major news events were in downtown Seattle, and I walked or took the free bus to almost every event I covered. The rare exceptions brought my blood pressure to the boiling point too.

Dan-Eric Slocum said...

I'm totally with you on this Kristin. I HATE driving. It's all I can do to get behind the wheel of my car. I'm so used to being driven on a bus that I just detest having to go to the effort of driving myself.

McJumpguez said...

I totally agree with you even though I love driving. Right now, living in NW Portland, I really don't have to drive except to visit Isaiah or my parents (or family for that matter.) If Isaiah and I decide to have one car, guess who'll choose the bus? Me. I like it, it gives me time to stop and think, and read! It just slows you down, which I think is a good thing =)