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    Living car free is not working out

    Three weeks ago I got hit walking across an intersection with the green light. Only thing that was seriously damaged was my head and shoulder. My head has healed-there was internal bleeding- but my shoulder injury makes it so that I can't carry my bike up and down the stairs safely. I will get rehabilition for that as it turns out. So I have been walking. And almost hit crossing intersections five times now.


    That is due to people turning right on red when I am in the crosswalk. Or running the red light. I can't afford a car nor do I want to own one ever again. Nor can I afford to move to where there is less traffic like in the suburbs. The bus does not go to the county parks and the city parks are gang infested. A bus ride to the indoor mall is a hour and !/2 each way and I don't think I can handle that.

    Now spring is finally arrived in northern Illinois and I am afraid to go outdoors.

    I almost do wish I had a car now though. Living in the inner city has become harder than I thought it would.

    Has anyone else had these problems? I was really hoping it would work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littledog View Post
    Three weeks ago I got hit walking across an intersection with the green light. Only thing that was seriously damaged was my head and shoulder. My head has healed-there was internal bleeding- but my shoulder injury makes it so that I can't carry my bike up and down the stairs safely. I will get rehabilition for that as it turns out. So I have been walking. And almost hit crossing intersections five times now.


    That is due to people turning right on red when I am in the crosswalk. Or running the red light. I can't afford a car nor do I want to own one ever again. Nor can I afford to move to where there is less traffic like in the suburbs. The bus does not go to the county parks and the city parks are gang infested. A bus ride to the indoor mall is a hour and !/2 each way and I don't think I can handle that.

    Now spring is finally arrived in northern Illinois and I am afraid to go outdoors.

    I almost do wish I had a car now though. Living in the inner city has become harder than I thought it would.

    Has anyone else had these problems? I was really hoping it would work out.
    I haven't had those problems. I'm paranoid about crossing streets, but in the DC area it feels more dangerous in the suburbs. The cars go faster there and the drivers are much less considerate of pedestrians.

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    Hopefully you are getting better. Did you get the plate numbers for any of these cars? Especially the one that hit you. Maybe hitting these people back where it hurts through fines and possible jail time for illegal actions may help. Consider talking with local police and city council to bring the issue to their attention. They might be able to pass tougher laws (I hope the driver that hit you at least stopped) or provide some greater degree of police presence or a deterrent. Here they have a state law that was strengthened to protect highway crews. The signs are very conspicuous reminding you of the fine and penalty if you injure or kill a worker.

    I wouldn't get too discouraged, yet. Remember in a vehicle you are just as prone to injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littledog View Post
    Has anyone else had these problems? I was really hoping it would work out.
    Sounds like you live in a pretty nasty area. Sounds like you need paranoid amounts of vigilance. When I lived near downtown L.A. I had a lot of problems. I thought that the end of my bicycle commuting days had reached me. But things are better now.

    The answer? I moved. You may not think you can afford it. But perhaps you cannot afford to not do it. It certainly may be difficult. You may only be able to afford to take the clothes on your back. But it may be worth it.

    You don't say what you do. It sounds like you don't get paid much. Even so, moving to a place that's cheaper to live in than a big city may help a lot. If you have skills, you may be able to find an employer elsewhere who would even pay for the transfer. Good luck. It sounds like a toxic environment. Better out of it than coping with it.
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    I can't begin to count how many times I was almost hit as a pedestrian. I feel much safer on my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by politicalgeek View Post
    Hopefully you are getting better. Did you get the plate numbers for any of these cars? Especially the one that hit you. Maybe hitting these people back where it hurts through fines and possible jail time for illegal actions may help. Consider talking with local police and city council to bring the issue to their attention. They might be able to pass tougher laws (I hope the driver that hit you at least stopped) or provide some greater degree of police presence or a deterrent. Here they have a state law that was strengthened to protect highway crews. The signs are very conspicuous reminding you of the fine and penalty if you injure or kill a worker.

    I wouldn't get too discouraged, yet. Remember in a vehicle you are just as prone to injury.
    The police were there and made out a police report. I haven't seen it yet.I I did get a lawyer.

    Today I did call the taxi company and speak with the supervisor about what happened.

    Tomorrow I am going to the police department and ask to speak to someone. The city is currently considering buying cameras to put at intersections where a lot of people run red lights as they are quite aware of the problem. Even so I will contact my alderman.

    I have a very limited income as I live on a mental disability check. However I was able to work for 30 years so I make too much to qualify for most any kind of help like housing,energy assistance,food stamps,etc. ad nauseum.

    So if I do move again all I could afford is basically what I have now-living in a depressed area of town. Walking in the winter and bicycle riding in warmer weather is what I enjoy the most. It enables me to function without medication,which did not work for me anyways.

    A lot of landlords will not rent if the rent is more than 40% of your income without utilities. That is 550$ a month. Maybe a Cow Town somewhere would work. The isolation would be hard to deal with though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Sounds like you need paranoid amounts of vigilance.
    It doesn't feel like paranoia if you do it long enough.

    Red light runners are usually an avoidable hazard, honestly, as long as they're not zooming over 60 mph -- you just have to look both ways even if you've got the light. I also check behind myself before crossing an intersection just in case someone's planning on turning right.

    I could have been hit many, many times while walking across intersections over the years, but I haven't. To try to keep that streak going, I follow two principles: 1) I am invisible, and 2) There are some real idiots out there. I try to never, EVER put myself into a position that could surprise a driver. And, when dealing with right-turners, I look for some sort of acknowledgement from the driver that they are aware of my existence, whether it's eye contact, a little wave, or whatever.

    All it takes is one dumbass to ruin my day. The trick is to be more aware than they are so that I could avoid being a recipient of their mistakes.

    Besides that, I have to say that some places are a lot more bike- and pedestrian-friendly than others. Never mind the abilities & attitudes of drivers -- sparse public transportation and huge travel distances between common destinations (retail, recreation, etc) combine to make car-free living nearly impossible. If that's the case, a move may be the best thing to do, as long as you do enough research to find a worthwhile place.

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    Glad to see you got a police report out of it. Although if you read through the forums here, though being a pedestrian might help, usually they don't amount to much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littledog View Post
    So if I do move again all I could afford is basically what I have now-living in a depressed area of town. Walking in the winter and bicycle riding in warmer weather is what I enjoy the most. It enables me to function without medication,which did not work for me anyways.

    A lot of landlords will not rent if the rent is more than 40% of your income without utilities. That is 550$ a month. Maybe a Cow Town somewhere would work. The isolation would be hard to deal with though.
    Come out to Sacramento - we have a very nice walkable/bikeable midtown area and drivers here generally are somewhat more pedestrian aware, I think, than most areas. You should be able to find an apt for around $600 that won't have the kind of threats you seem to face there on a daily basis. And our weather is pretty nice 8-9 mos out of the year.
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    I have been hit twice by cars while walking accross the street in broad day light and I have had a *** pointed to my head while sitting in the driveway of my home, by the police. Driving a car does not make you any safer in this world. You may as well do the things that bring you enjoyment on a daily basis.


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    Try LA. So many pedestarians were killed, they passed a special law stating motorists can't even enter an intersection on red; until all pedestarians have COMPLETELY crossed the road. Ignore the law and its a couple points and like a 217 dollar fine. Still many motorists get nabed and last I knew the police enforced the law. / Still scores of motorists are killed by motorists making a right on red in LA. /
    Some cities encourage safe cycling , sorry Chicago is not one of them. And to think Chicago has been labeled as a good place for cycling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littledog View Post
    So if I do move again all I could afford is basically what I have now-living in a depressed area of town. Walking in the winter and bicycle riding in warmer weather is what I enjoy the most. It enables me to function without medication,which did not work for me anyways.

    A lot of landlords will not rent if the rent is more than 40% of your income without utilities. That is 550$ a month. Maybe a Cow Town somewhere would work. The isolation would be hard to deal with though.
    $550/mo will cover a studio or small 1 bedroom in downtown Madison. That is primarily student housing, so the quality of the building may not be the greatest... but there are groceries, doctors, and bike shops within walking distance. There are also rental properties outside of the downtown core that are functional locations. I wouldn't shoot for more than about 2 miles from UW's campus or the Capital if you're trying to stay free of cars. Being near campus is good if you're not rich - the University sells cheese, milk, ice cream, and meat to the public from their ag science programs.

    The city isn't Portland, but it's fairly bike friendly. Broke college students and a university that has refused to build parking lots for decades helps.

    Most other small and medium size cities have rentals in your price range. So the important thing is finding one where the road layout and public services support your desire to live without a car. IMO, it's important to have your situation be livable without a bike. This means you have options if you're hurt or sick. Doing basic research on things like crime rates can also be helpful. While my neighborhood in LA was not the greatest, the crime rate was low. Walking around at night was safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torrilin View Post
    $550/mo will cover a studio or small 1 bedroom in downtown Madison. That is primarily student housing, so the quality of the building may not be the greatest... but there are groceries, doctors, and bike shops within walking distance. There are also rental properties outside of the downtown core that are functional locations. I wouldn't shoot for more than about 2 miles from UW's campus or the Capital if you're trying to stay free of cars. Being near campus is good if you're not rich - the University sells cheese, milk, ice cream, and meat to the public from their ag science programs.

    The city isn't Portland, but it's fairly bike friendly. Broke college students and a university that has refused to build parking lots for decades helps.

    Most other small and medium size cities have rentals in your price range. So the important thing is finding one where the road layout and public services support your desire to live without a car. IMO, it's important to have your situation be livable without a bike. This means you have options if you're hurt or sick. Doing basic research on things like crime rates can also be helpful. While my neighborhood in LA was not the greatest, the crime rate was low. Walking around at night was safe.
    I have been seriously considering a move to Madison for the last couple of years. I am in Rockford,Illinois. It seems like Madison is a very accessible for being car free near the University. I always thought the rent was much more than what I can afford though. Maybe I need to try a rental agency or something along those lines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by littledog View Post
    I have been seriously considering a move to Madison for the last couple of years. I am in Rockford,Illinois. It seems like Madison is a very accessible for being car free near the University. I always thought the rent was much more than what I can afford though. Maybe I need to try a rental agency or something along those lines?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnroads View Post
    Scan the Craigslists of cities you are considering a move to - any university town will have an active Craigslist community. You can check out the Apt listings, job listings, blogs on various issues - it's one stop shopping.
    Good idea. There is also a lot of information on the internet. A librarian might be able to help the OP find lots of information on various cities. Since the OP has some health issues, it might be a good idea to check out the quality of health care in different locations.

    Big cities can be nice, but smaller cities seem to have their own advantages for carfree living: less traffic, shorter travel distances, cheaper housing (especially in central districts), lower crime rates, easier access to health care and social services, and friendlier people.

    littledog, I'm sorry you're having a rough time. I hope things start to look up for you real soon!


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    Quote Originally Posted by littledog View Post
    I have been seriously considering a move to Madison for the last couple of years. I am in Rockford,Illinois. It seems like Madison is a very accessible for being car free near the University. I always thought the rent was much more than what I can afford though. Maybe I need to try a rental agency or something along those lines?
    Being in Rockford makes it a *lot* easier on you. Catch the Vangelder bus north, and it's a fairly short trip to the UW Union. Round trip fare should be less than $50 (assuming you're not bringing your bike - that's extra and Vangelder wants full size bikes in boxes). That plonks you down a few blocks away from Yellow Jersey (where you can rent a bike). It also puts you right downtown, where it's easy to pick up things like the free apartment rental advertising pages, Madison bike maps, city bus maps and schedules, free newspapers and the like. If you do some phone and internet research in advance, you can have a solid stack of leads and apartments to check out. Since visiting is fairly easy, I wouldn't try to skimp.

    I don't know how helpful an agent would be... Our building's manager is a friend, and since we had to move in a hurry and off cycle, she was our plan B.

    My building's manager can't say enough good things about JSM's rentals (and they're a competitor!). She is not at all thrilled with Madison Property Management (nor am I - my partner's sister rented from them and it was a horror story that goes right up there with my LA landlord). She works (and rented from for about 5 years) for Restino and Bunbury, and *I* can't say enough nice things about their staff after this winter. There are also lots of smaller landlords. Probably also some larger ones I'm missing...

    Just keep in mind that if you decide to move up here, the main move dates are Aug 1 and Aug 15. Even tho my landlady does not focus on the student market, she still tries to keep leases cycling for those dates. You can find things off cycle (we had about 5 possibilities, not counting here), but it will be a lot easier to find something for a normal date. And if you're planning on an August move, now is the time to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Good idea. There is also a lot of information on the internet. A librarian might be able to help the OP find lots of information on various cities. Since the OP has some health issues, it might be a good idea to check out the quality of health care in different locations.

    Big cities can be nice, but smaller cities seem to have their own advantages for carfree living: less traffic, shorter travel distances, cheaper housing (especially in central districts), lower crime rates, easier access to health care and social services, and friendlier people.

    littledog, I'm sorry you're having a rough time. I hope things start to look up for you real soon!
    Thanks Roody. I am not really wanting to move,at least not at this time. Every city has its problems. I am just disappointed that motorists are clueless here when it comes to pedestrians or bicyclists. That is probably true of any city though unless they have a university and are used to non-motorists.

    My rent is cheap,there are a lot of things to do downtown and the people are pretty friendly. The crime rate,though high,is really pretty low in this area. It is not a War Zone like area where I am at. The neighborhood is being gentrified slowly so at some point the cheap rentals will dry up.

    Even as careful as I am cycling and walking- Well sometimes you just are in danger of careless motorists. I will get over it I am sure. It just takes time.

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    Why not a short move out of Rockford to Chicago? Good public transit and you can live affordably if you avoid the trendy neighborhoods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.PooLittle View Post
    Why not a short move out of Rockford to Chicago? Good public transit and you can live affordably if you avoid the trendy neighborhoods.
    Ha, I was going to respond with something very similar.

    Chicago is one of the most bike friendly cities in the world, and you can certainly find some cheap, non-slummy rentals if you're working with $550 per month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    Try LA. So many pedestarians were killed, they passed a special law stating motorists can't even enter an intersection on red; until all pedestarians have COMPLETELY crossed the road.
    I was wondering why so many drivers down here in San Diego seemed overly cautious. But I can't find that law, either in LA's municipal code or San Diego's. All I can find is that drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, which I interpret to mean that after stopping, you can proceed to turn right as long as it's safe.

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    I'm sorry to hear about the hit, and hope you get back on the bike soon. However, what, if I may ask, were you doing in the crosswalk? You weren't riding the sidewalk were you, because that's the easiest way to get slammed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherief View Post
    I'm sorry to hear about the hit, and hope you get back on the bike soon. However, what, if I may ask, were you doing in the crosswalk? You weren't riding the sidewalk were you, because that's the easiest way to get slammed.
    I was walking across the intersection. I was not riding or walking my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littledog View Post
    I was walking across the intersection. I was not riding or walking my bike.
    (pardon for getting potentially personal)

    Some posts back you mentioned living on a fixed income for mental disability.

    There's a neighbor who lives down the hall in my building who may (or may not) be in the same boat as you. I've helped him out with tasks such as turning on a new portable DVD player. He moves pretty slowly, and certainly isn't as agile as most people. I know that, even if he's as careful as he can be while crossing an intersection, he has to be able to trust the drivers who would have to wait for him before proceeding themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    (pardon for getting potentially personal)

    Some posts back you mentioned living on a fixed income for mental disability.

    There's a neighbor who lives down the hall in my building who may (or may not) be in the same boat as you. I've helped him out with tasks such as turning on a new portable DVD player. He moves pretty slowly, and certainly isn't as agile as most people. I know that, even if he's as careful as he can be while crossing an intersection, he has to be able to trust the drivers who would have to wait for him before proceeding themselves.
    My disability does not have that effect. I am glad that your friend has you to help him out. Trusting drivers is truly a thing of faith vs. reason and experience. I walk and ride as though I have a big bullseye painted on me with a sign that says "HIT ME". This mindset has saved me more than a few times.

    In hindsight I think the two motorists who were going on the same green light as I was at the 4 way intersection were both trying to be the first to turn. As the motorist going in my direction turned right and almost clipped me as I was still in the first lane of the 4 lane highway crosswalk. I saw the SUV coming in my direction and saw his front wheel turning to make a left turn into the crosswalk.He did not signal but I still knew what was up. I thought he would take the far lane but when I realized he wasn't then all I could do is face him and jump as high as I could as there was no chance to out run him. Far better to get hit head on than sideways and run over. It all happened in probably less than two seconds as the motorist was going 10 to 15 MPH and I was already freaked out by the other driver that almost hit me.

    So both drivers probably only saw themselves as rival opponents to see who could turn first to shave a couple seconds maximum of travel time. I doubt that either one of them even saw me in the crosswalk. At least not the one that hit me. As he made a short,fast turn that drivers don't normally do. If I had known that of course I would have waited for the next light or been ready to sprint like an Olmpic athlete.

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