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JoeyBike 04-07-19 11:37 AM

Trying to push Car Free to the limit
 
For the past two years I have been keeping my eyes open for a few jobs very near to my home. The kind of jobs someone pretty much has to die for an opening to occur. So finally, one of the jobs has opened up and I had a good interview. Now the waiting game and hopefully a call!

The new job is about 1 mile from my house. My route would be 2 blocks in my neighborhood, then cut through a community college campus (which is basically a park), cross one 4-lane road (35mph) and enter City Park. Then a 3/4 mile journey inside of the park. My new hopeful job is in the middle of the park. Most of the days I would just walk to work.

So...fingers crossed! I need a new job but REALLY do not want to own and maintain a car. My longtime car-free existence has given me a financial advantage over other applicants because I can work for $5,000/year less than they can if they need a dependable car. Since 1989 when I ditched the last car and motorcycle I have enjoyed this financial advantage when changing jobs.

ThermionicScott 04-07-19 12:30 PM

Good luck @JoeyBike! :thumb:

Walking 1 mile strikes me as the most "dependable transportation" one could get short of telecommuting.

JoeyBike 04-07-19 01:16 PM


Originally Posted by ThermionicScott (Post 20873754)
Good luck @JoeyBike! :thumb:

Walking 1 mile strikes me as the most "dependable transportation" one could get short of telecommuting.

Thanks TS! Yeah, one mile is a great distance. I had a job for over 10 years that was 1 mile away with a grocery store about halfway between! How sweet was that? I'll post the results of my search. This is not my only option but certainly the sweetest one!

linberl 04-14-19 09:33 PM

My son walks 5 blocks to work and just loves it! He even goes home for lunch a few times a week (and saves $$). He doesn't use his bike because he wears nice clothes and it's just easier to walk, even in the rain. He's never owned a car. Hope you get the job...from what my son has said, you will LOVE working close to home.

JoeyBike 04-15-19 01:33 PM

Thanks for the input! Still waiting. City Park is a private park that does not get public funding, however they have to abide by State Park rules for a lot of actions, including hiring. I have worked for them before as a temp paid with a stipend as a contractor and a friend works in another department putting in the good word for me. They can't do "no-bid" contracts by law so I have to let them go through the motions. Can't imagine they find someone who can do everything I am capable of for what they pay. Benefits are great tho. And by not owning a car I have a financial advantage over other prospects.

We shall see! Could take a month or more. Cheers!

JoeyBike 04-18-19 11:34 AM


Originally Posted by linberl (Post 20885001)
Hope you get the job...

Got it! Starts in about a month. Assuming I pass the background check and my drugs check out and are good enough for them ;)

Thanks for the kind wishes!

linberl 04-18-19 05:23 PM


Originally Posted by JoeyBike (Post 20890320)
Got it! Starts in about a month. Assuming I pass the background check and my drugs check out and are good enough for them ;)

Thanks for the kind wishes!

Hey CONGRATS!!!!! Enjoy the commute

LorenMiranda 04-19-19 05:04 PM

Congrats

Mauriceloridans 04-24-19 01:25 PM

Good for you Joey. I know they don't consider Shreveport part of LA down in NOLA but I lived down there in the late 70s and early 80s. I swore off car dependency the weekend Katrina struck. I've followed you on Bike Forums for the last decade and am really glad you had this success. One of these days I plan to ride down to NOLA on La 1 till I get to the Ferry at Sunshine/Plaquemine.

Meaux

Rowan 04-24-19 07:17 PM


Originally Posted by JoeyBike (Post 20890320)
Got it! Starts in about a month. Assuming I pass the background check and my drugs check out and are good enough for them ;)

Thanks for the kind wishes!

Congratulations. Hopefully the other steps are easy to take as well. And there is nothing more grand than being able to build an extra part of employment life so close to home.

JoeyBike 04-24-19 10:09 PM


Originally Posted by LorenMiranda (Post 20892224)
Congrats

Thanks Loren!


Originally Posted by Mauriceloridans (Post 20899111)
Good for you Joey. I know they don't consider Shreveport part of LA down in NOLA but I lived down there in the late 70s and early 80s. I swore off car dependency the weekend Katrina struck. I've followed you on Bike Forums for the last decade and am really glad you had this success. One of these days I plan to ride down to NOLA on La 1 till I get to the Ferry at Sunshine/Plaquemine.

Meaux


Still a lot of sugar cane farming along Highway 1 with harvest in the Fall. So unless you enjoy cycling on narrow roads covered in "broomstick handles", wait until that phase is well past. Of course, Summer is out of the question! Shoot me a PM if you ever do it!


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Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 20899570)
Congratulations. Hopefully the other steps are easy to take as well. And there is nothing more grand than being able to build an extra part of employment life so close to home.

Drug test is no problem. Background check will certainly put someone to sleep. One speeding ticket when I was 15. Besides that...unless my identity has been stolen I am golden!

Cheers all! And thanks! Looking forward to a 5-minute bike ride or 20-minute walk in the park. 10 minutes on a skateboard!

I'll post some progress for a few weeks. Hope to start May 7th.

JoeyBike 05-01-19 08:31 PM

I start next Tuesday April 7th. One mile from home through the park. Woohoo!

I will bike/walk/skate two blocks in my hood, and cross one low-speed 4-lane road. Otherwise it's all campus/park lanes and paths.

Rowan 05-01-19 09:35 PM


Originally Posted by JoeyBike (Post 20910178)
I start next Tuesday April 7th. One mile from home through the park. Woohoo!

I will bike/walk/skate two blocks in my hood, and cross one low-speed 4-lane road. Otherwise it's all campus/park lanes and paths.

Hope you got the date right -- it's actually May now.

One of the little ironies of my current situation is that I actually made a little comeback to work with a brief unpaid session at a relatively nearby golf course -- and no, I didn't play a game. It's part of my return to work strategy and involve a small group of volunteer members of the club. Like you, I could express Woohoo!

JoeyBike 05-01-19 10:56 PM


Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 20910261)
Hope you got the date right -- it's actually May now.

One of the little ironies of my current situation is that I actually made a little comeback to work with a brief unpaid session at a relatively nearby golf course -- and no, I didn't play a game. It's part of my return to work strategy and involve a small group of volunteer members of the club. Like you, I could express Woohoo!

Oh yeah. May.

Yeah, good for you to ease back in. I'm going from the frying pan right into another frying pan but at least it's closer and prettier!

JoeyBike 05-09-19 03:59 PM

The new job is a winner. Also, the HR person who worked with me is also car free and WALKS 40 minutes to work (about 2 miles). She used to bike to work but got too freaked out by all of the idiot/distracted drivers around our neighborhood. Then I got sent down to the building my job is located in and one of my coworkers is also car free. Got a DUI many years ago and lost his driving privileges. When all of his debt to society was paid he was spoiled by not spending money on cars. So he bikes to work as well.

My first day I walked to my workplace just to time it. As I knew, 1 mile = 20 minutes. My bike ride is just over 5 minutes depending on the route I take. I will skate there on one of my longboards on pretty days. Will take a longer route on some paths. Probably 20 minutes as well.

So there is the report! Since 1989 I have been able to figure out a way to NOT need a car for getting to work. Either I moved close to my workplace, or I looked for work close to my home. This time the latter.

Cheers all! Thanks for the good wishes. I am danged stoked!


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