Need a Ride to Work? Try Your Feet!

When James Robertson needed a ride to work, he gave himself one. Next time you hear about someone who says he can’t get a job, because he has no transportation to get him to work… remember James Robertson. [See also, “What to Do with Free Money? Welfare v. Work Ethic.”] His story came to me through the Detroit Free Press: “Heart and sole: Detroiter walks 21 miles in work commute.” Leaving home in Detroit at 8 a.m., James Robertson doesn’t look like an endurance athlete. Pudgy Read more […]

Who Cares How Many People Bike to Work?

In the past, I’ve spoken out against cities targeting bikers for special punitive taxes. But that doesn’t mean I think it makes sense for politicians to try to make people use bikes more often. Consider this story from USA Today: The number of people who commute to work by bicycle increased about 60% over the past decade, while the number of people walking to their jobs remained stable, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. During the years 2008-12, about 786,000 Americans commuted Read more […]