I’ve been noticing more bicycles on the road here in Phoenix over the past couple of weeks. I’ve also seen traffic on the highways slow down to something closer to the posted speed limit (with the exception of young drivers in big cars – they seem to think that 90 mph is still the way to go).
Today my wife and I decided to join the throng of people who are changing our driving habits in response to the climbing price of gas. We drove to work together, me dropping her off at her office and then my going on to the Cathedral. I’ll pick her up on the way home. Doing so means we can use just one car, and in particular, the car that gets better city-mileage.
In a few months Phoenix will have a new light-rail system that has a stop right across the street from the Cathedral, and another not too far from our house. I figure that by Christmas time or so I’ll be using it daily to get around town.
Perhaps it won’t be too unrealistic to start thinking about going down to one car… Both cars are paid off, but not having to pay insurance, maintenance and fuel on one car would be a big help for the budget – especially as we start thinking about having a kid in college.
How about the rest of you? Are you starting to make changes to the way you drive or commute? If prices were to drop back down by 50 cents or so a gallon, do you think you’ll go back to the old way of doing things?