I live on the Westside and I’m selling my car (it’s 15 years old, has 175,000 miles on it and will soon need more work done to it than it is worth). I’ve lived in Los Angeles since 1985 and have had various cars here since 1986. The first time I rode a bus in Los Angeles was last Sunday. The second time was yesterday.
Now, this won’t be as challenging as it sounds because fortunately, I work at home and my commute is already made on foot. And technically, I won’t be car-less as my husband and I will share his, and when we are more flush with cash, we may buy another one. (Or at least swap out his 12 year old car for something spiffier, like a Smart car or something.) He works at home as well.
But when I do need to get around town, I would like to take public transpo. I have figured out a few very simple routes on the Big Blue Bus but have not found an easy way to map a route from here to Hollywood or Los Feliz using multiple bus lines. (I live where the Santa Monica, Culver City and LA buses intersect.) What is the easiest way to figure this out?
More thoughts on Carless in West LA after the jump.
(photo used with permission by Blogging.LA’s very own Will Campbell.)
Bicycling is something I’m not quite ready for. I can do the occasional trip to the post office or tennis courts nearby on my fat-tire beach cruiser, but I’m intimidated by riding in traffic across town, no matter how many great posts I read by Will and others on the subject.
I am considering the Motorboard. LA Green Girl had a great story about buying one and using it. I could relate to that and would like to try one out as well. Does anyone else have one that they like for more than the occasional weekend jaunt?
Being nearer to subways and rail would be great, but moving is not an option at this time. And alas, while I live 2 blocks from the EXPO right of way, there is no train there yet, no matter how many meetings I go to about it, it is still years away.
Any and all help and input would be a great help as I transition out of car-world.