READER REPORT:

Drive, bike or walk? It depends

JODI SHEEHAN
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012

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My choice on whether to drive, bike, walk or take public transport is, probably like most of us, dependant on where I live.

I need to drive to work because it's 40kms away and there is no public transport. However, I do car pool with a friend who works a bit further on than me as much as I can. This saves money, but with it comes some inconvenience.

I love to drive, and I love my car, so I generally have no issue driving on weekends or driving to visit people or do things.

I walk and ride my bicycle for exercise, or to the shops to get a few odds and ends.

I walk my dog and will happily walk in fine weather up to the dairy to buy something, or just for a walk. Ditto with biking.

There is no public transport in my town in the South Waikato - not even one taxi. And apart from expensive buses that run at strange hours, there is no public transport between my town and where I work.

So unfortunately, I would say the case for a lot of us is necessity and lack of other options. Sure, if I got really fit I could bike to work, but there are no showers in my building, and that doesn't account for weather, carrying a change of clothes and what time I would have to depart and arrive.

My hubby and I own a diesel (my main car) and a petrol car, and to be honest, it's actually cheaper to run the petrol daily to and from work then it is the diesel all up.


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