I hope this doesn't count as spam. Mods feel free to deal with it as you please.
I am a reporter with Gannett Co, Inc. (www.Gannett.com), and I'm doing research for a book about transportation alternatives to the private automobile.
I am looking for real-life success stories from people who walk or bike to work in the United States or Canada. If you know anyone who fits this description, please forward this email to them. I hope they can email me their thoughts on the topics below. I am particularly interesed in hearing from people who do not own a car.
The response can be long or short, but I would like them to hit on the following topics:
-how far do you live from work?
-how much time does it take you to get to work?
-how does that compare to your average co-workers who drive?
-do you own a car or other vehicle?
-why do you live car-free?
-what do you like about not owning a car?
-how else do you get around town?
-how much money are you saving by commuting by foot or by bike, as opposed to owning a car? (please be as specific as possible)
-how has this helped your personal finances?
-is commuting on foot or by bike convenient or a hassle?
-did you always do this? how did you get started?
-if you live within a few miles of work, did you have the job first and then move close-by? or vice-versa?
-are you helping the environment?
-how much do you use public transit?
-how do you accomplish simple errands like grocery shopping?
-do you make your errands come to you? (shop online, grocery delivery, etc)
-how do people react when you tell them you walk or bike to work?
-do you have more free time or less because you walk or bike to work?
-do you recommend this to others and why?
-what are the challenges of walking or biking to work?
-what's the best part and worst part of walking or biking to work?
-how has this affected your outlook on life?
-how do you handle foul weather? (keep extra clothes at work? shower at work? etc..)
-PLEASE INDICATE IF I HAVE YOUR PERMISSION TO QUOTE YOU IN THE BOOK