Yesterday I helped move a friend, Oli, over to west London because he doesn’t own a car. On days like that, yes, I am glad that I’m able to drive around London but often I choose to ride the bus. Here’s the reasons why:
- Cheaper in the short term: £1.35 per ride verses petrol and parking costs
- Cheaper in the long term: £1.35 per ride verses £0.40 per mile (current UK rate)
- Walking to and from the bus stop is healthy
- Gives me a chance to randomly meet friends
- Reading on the bus is better use of time than sitting in traffic while driving
- Allows me to learn about the members of the community I would not normally connect with (Somali teens, older Pakistani women, etc.)
- Often quicker and more flexible if multiple stops are needed
- View of the community from the top deck is much more enjoyable than the view behind the wheel
- It’s better for the environment to have 50 people riding on one bus then 50 cars driving.
- It’s less stressful.
Did I miss any?