Carless day implemented in some government offices....

@Zelmarq (11503)
Cebu City, Philippines
July 18, 2008 7:44pm CST
The rising price of gasoline and related products really have an impact, no matter how we try it will have effects on us and to many specially the poor people. I have seen from the news that a government office implemented carless days, from wednesday to friday. Others used motocycles and many used bicycles. Its a good way of coping with the current financial crisis we are experiencing right now. Its good coz people can be healthy by just walking, it could lessen traffic and it could lessen pollution.
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• Philippines
19 Jul 08
I think that this is a great strategy. Moreover, it's really proper for the government to serve as a model to it's citizens. With the way our economy is at present, I am sure that people are looking for ways to cut down on expenses. If the government shows that they are capable of sacrificing a little for something that would have a great impact, I am sure that people will follow suit.
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@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
19 Jul 08
A day or two of not driving their cars isn't going to help the general public. And they have the ways and means of paying for their transportation where some of us here in rural America don't. We can't stop driving or we'd be stranded at home, no jobs, no food, nothing, because it takes transportation here to go 10 to 15 miles even to a grocery store, let alone to a job 45 minutes or more away. They may think they are helping America's gas crisis, but it won't put a dent in it. What they need to do is convene Congress until they have a workable Bill for President Bush to sign so we can get started on fixing this crisis here in America. We have relied on other countries TOO long and it has gotten us in trouble. But we can blame that on the Congress, not those of us who really have to have the gas.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Hi Zel, That would be great! I agree with you, it will give so much advantage to the people and environment... I hope everyone will support this to really save and healthy way for those who will choose to go with bicycle!
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Jul 08
the only thing here ya cant walk to work that is 14 mies or more away from the house and we dont have bycycles at our house A lot ride the buses and have to start out 2 hours early to get to work
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Yes. I think we should all go back to the horse, carriage and buggy LOL. that is a pretty good idea but it would be bad for those who have to travel far to go to work or do not have property to tie their horse up and feed them. The gas prices are sure taking their toll on alot of people. the high price of food is too. Wlaking would be great but not for those who have to walk about 45 miles to get to work or for those who have to walk for their daily business errands to alot of places in one day. They may not get much done or get around to all of the places they would have to go to in one day.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
Hi Zelmarq! I do agree that it is a good thing that the government employees and some military people are using bicycles and motorcycles nowadays. It will be a good exercise for the body and at the same time help lessening the pollution. I just hope that the government officials will use bicycles too so that the taxpayers' won't have to finance their gasoline allowance anymore. haha.. Take care and God Bless!
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
19 Jul 08
Hehehehehe. Thats true, its good that they will not give useless alibis and I hope other government agencies will follow what these military men have started, they are giving good example and its a proof that its really possible.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
Yes, I do applaud the military men who have initiated this move and I hope many will follow. I have been seeing a lot of ordinary folks doing the same thing and I hope this could be a start of something beautiful for all of us somehow. May God bless our country!
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
19 Jul 08
Bravo for the disciplined men in uniform. I hope others will emulate them, this is for the welfare of the Filipino people.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Jul 08
hi zelmarq carless days would be great for other businesses to to cut down on cost of gas. but for some who live aways they willundoubtedly still have to ust their cars.some people here in orangeco work in Los Angeles and that is thirty mile comute so bikes wouldnt be very practical at all.
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@GardenGerty (96669)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Jul 08
There needs to be better public transportation or car pooling incentives. I know that many people in Rural America, and also in highly industrialized areas like southern California have long distance to travel, and it is not possible to walk or to ride a bicycle to work. I do not know how to get us to move in that direction.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
That would be a good thing for the government officials to have carless days. That way there would be less traffic in the streets and less pollution. I don't think government employees will approve to this, though, especially those who are coming from towns to work in the city. I am thinking those who have cars would still use their cars and just park it somewhere other than the government parking spaces. That way they will say that they haven't used their cars where in fact they have. Sorry, I am sometimes cynic. Have a nice day!
@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
19 Jul 08
[/b]Thank you so much![b] I hope they will follow the good example and exercise through walking. Take care!
@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
20 Jul 08
what about us that have trouble walking? I can't walk to a bus stop - and even if I drive to the park and ride, I couldn't walk from the stop to the office when I used to work for the state...
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@arkaf61 (10884)
• Canada
21 Jul 08
Sure it can be good, although it won't work for everyone and it's important to understand the situation from all sides when implementing something like that. Most people that live and work in the city or close to the place of work can often do without a car, but a big number of people work much farther and some don't even have transportation at the times they work, so it wouldn't work for every one. Even within the city, things might not work so well either. IN very cold days for example, having an elderly person wait for a bus in minus 20 temperature might not be the best solution. I can understand the idea, but I also see problems with it.
@GardenGerty (96669)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Jul 08
I could almost wish our government would do something like that. It seems like no matter how high the prices go, we still drive and drive. We should walk more, or get bicycles, but we do not do it.