Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Alternative Transportation Issue: Scene Staffers Go Carless for a Week, Live to Write About It

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM

For this week's Scene cover story, a bunch of us alt-weekly types decided to have an alt kind of week, and ditched our cars to take on the "act locally" part of the famous bumper-sticker credo. Did we save the planet? Maybe not. But we learned a few things, the most important of which is that single-driver internal combustion — and the congestion and pollution that comes with it — isn't the only game in town.

* Head honcho Jim Ridley took the bus, including a jaunt on the city's free downtown Green Circuit route, which was rewarded with some of the best pizza in town.

* News editor (and City Paper chief) Stephen George put the meddle to the pedals, biking to work every day, rain or shine. He picked a week without much shine.

* I braved the psychological crucible of sitting around my house all day with no one to talk to but a dog and the cable guy, while also trying to work from home.

* The Scene's perhaps-ironically-titled traffic manager Brent Rolen enjoyed the comfort and reading time afforded by the Music City Star's commuter rail service.

* Assistant editor Dana Franklin opted for the most reliable — if least convenient and slowest — of options: her own two feet. Oh, the places she went.

* Managing editor Jack Silverman had the cushiest alternative commute of all — zipping around town in the shiny new all-electric Nissan LEAF. (He also found out about some cool locally built electric scooters in the process.)

So come on and come along on a fantastic (sustainable) voyage.

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