Natural Environment -- Transportation Choices
On a December morning in Winnipeg, Manitoba snowflakes fall on the sidewalks and streets. Winter here can be bitterly cold but that doesn't deter graphic artist Lucas Pauls from exploring different transportation choices when he has to get around the city. He believes that as long as you're dressed for it, with good shoes and a warm jacket, you can actually enjoy walking around on cold wintery days.
On mornings after a fresh snowfall the sidewalk and steps to his home are covered in a blanket of white. Lucas loves the sound of the snow crunching under his feet and the cold air in his lungs as he walks along the empty streets. He finds it energizing and it make him feel alive. Most people are indoors or driving on wintery days so it's quite peaceful to be outside. His walks are very tranquil and enjoyable especially when he takes to opportunity to veer off the main streets and check out some of Winnipeg's incredible views.
At a bridge near his home, Lucas looks out over the Red River. Snow gently falls on the frozen riverbed below.
8% of Winnipeggers walk or ride a bike to work.
Having chosen not to drive a car, Lucas actively sought out alternative modes of transportation to get to work each day. In the summer he rides a bike and in the winter he takes the bus. He actually enjoys the half hour commute to work in the winter, he finds it gives him time to read a book or listen to some music. His bus ride is a great way for him to either ease into the day or relax at the end of it.
14% of Winnipeggers take a bus to work.
Sometimes there are occasions when Lucas does need a car and that's the reason he became a member of a car co-op. The co-op that he's a member of have a variety of economical cars, including electric ones, parked conveniently around the city. It has an online reservation system that allows him to book a car for an hour or two at a time and that gives him the vehicle he needs to get him where he needs to go. When he's done with the car he just returns it to the lot and walks back home.
77% of Winnipeggers take a car to work.
By actively choosing alternative forms of transportation, Lucas Pauls has taken at least one car off the road. He hopes that others will follow his lead so that future generations get to experience a world in the future as beautiful as the one he is experiencing now.