For those people that don't have cars or pickups in this region (where I live), they rely on others to get them around. In my community there is no bus system, there are no cabs and getting from point A to B can mean miles of walking. People have done it, they continue to do it and when you add in that I live on "The Highway of Tears" where over a period of 30yrs women (specifically First Nations) have gone missing or murdered due to being on the road hitch-hiking from A to B, you realize how valuable a car truly is.
When I left the Arctic, I left behind "my life" as I was leaving a violent relationship. All I had was packed in my car, my car was my home. I had no where to go, no home that I was moving to and no job. But I had my car. I knew I would be okay.
Even when I lived in cities, transist was not an option - especially the last city I lived in. Transit was limited and I worked shift. I had to travel to homes all over the city - that was quite spread out - at all hours of day and night. If I didn't have a car, I wouldn't have had the job. I've had to cut back in areas, including food, to cover insurance, repairs, tires etc and I do not regret it. I will never give up my car, not until the day that the doctors state that I am not fit to drive. Even then I'll probably be like the seniors who refuse to give up their keys. I've been driving since I was 11yrs old, I cannot imagine not having that ability.
It is expensive, it is what it is. If I lived in downtown Vancouver and had the option to travel without a car and never wanted to leave the area, then I might consider it. But I do wonder what he'll do when he chooses not to stay downtown and wants to get out to rest of the Fraser Valley - as the transist system is limited. I know, that's how I get from Surrey to Vancovuer when I'm down visiting....I manage it but even further out, I'm glad that I have a car.
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