Embracing a bit of a commute several times a week for the relative peace of a studio corner has changed my daily work experience a bit. I’m doing my best to enjoy the extra travel and put the little bit of so-called downtime that it creates to good use: Books and podcasts on the subway instead of only scrolling absently through Instagram. Now that the weather is warming up a bit, I’ve been toying with the idea of hopping on a Citibike and getting to the studio on two wheels. To that end, a little bit of commute-related inspiration, whether by rail, by wheels, or on two feet.
A cloth napkin for wrapping up train snacks.
A reusable straw and lid for iced coffees on-the-go.
A helmet for eventual bike riding (and safer skateboarding).
An umbrella (that maybe won’t break) for braving the rain.
A backpack for carrying a computer, and a camera, and a lunch, oh my.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things we can do today to help the planet and each other:
+ For safer streets: Celebrate public transportation in your city. New York City and other cities around the world celebrate public transportation and public spaces with Summer Streets festivities. Join the fun, take your family, volunteer your time.
+ For better biking: Take a bike pledge. Lots of cities have initiatives around getting folks to bike more and drive cars less. Initiatives like Oregon’s Bike More Challenge get folks excited about getting on two wheels. Search bike more challenge or bike commute challenge to find a similar challenge near you.
+ For folks who need trains: The proposed Federal budget cuts funding for transportation projects by nearly 13%. Among the hardest hit is Amtrak long-distance service. This piece on CityLab helps explain what the human cost of such a cut would look like. If you value public transportation, call your representatives and let them know. And then book that cross-country train ticket while you still can.