Two co-workers of mine (and fellow Smart bloggers) Jess Krout and Ashley May live in the same town in southern York County. It’s a bit of a trek to and from work today, but a five-minute drive between each other. So when they can, they carpool to work.
It doesn’t always work — varying schedules both before, during and after their shifts sometimes interfere. But at least once a week, one leaves her car at home and they ride up to West Manchester Township together.
Last week, I talked about obstacles to going green. And boy, can I list them when it comes to transportation.
- I share my off-street parking spot with my landlord, who runs his business on the first floor of my apartment building. If I were to carpool or ride the bus, where would I store my car when he’s at work?
- I have a different morning schedule than my co-workers who live nearby. I am out the door by 7:30 and drop my lunch in the work fridge before heading to the gym for an hour or so… unlike most everyone else I work with (and most people my age, honestly).
- Learning the bus routes and times is not something I want to do.
- I do not own a bike.
You guessed it — I am used to having my own car and doing what I want, whenever I please. I am wildly spoiled. And, I am not very green when it comes to getting around.
Which is why I love it that Ashley and Jess are committed to carpooling. Even though it doesn’t work for them every day, they make an effort do it when possible. It reminds me that every step (however small) counts toward the greater goal of being environmentally friendly. And even if you think it’s silly, it might inspire someone else to make a change in their own life.
Do you carpool in York County, or know someone who does? Have you encountered obstacles in green transportation? Leave a comment and let me know!