Re: [CF] Cabs an alternative?
- =v= I guess cabs are an alternative if the goal is just to
be car-free and not have to hassle with things like driving,
storing, fueling, insuring and maintaining a car. It could
of course be more economical, in an out-of-pocket sense.
=v= If, like me, your goal is to be car-free for ecological
reasons, then cabs bring up issues. I live in a city where cabs
aren't that popular, so a cab ride usually means somebody would
have to drive a few miles just to get to me, and drive a few
miles more from my dropoff point to the next fare. Most taxis
are gas-guzzlers, and they're just getting bigger and bigger.
=v= In a city like New York you can generally walk over to the
street and hail a taxi, so there's less wasted gas, but traffic
aboveground is such a mess (and about 50% taxis) that you often
end up sitting there idling. I can't tell which is worse. Lots
of New Yorkers are able to live car-free, though they use taxis.
=v= I try to keep my cab use to a bare minimum.
- Jym Dyer (jym@...) wrote:
>it used to be that independent cabbies drove all kinds of individual
> =v= If, like me, your goal is to be car-free for ecological
> reasons, then cabs bring up issues. I live in a city where cabs
> aren't that popular, so a cab ride usually means somebody would
> have to drive a few miles just to get to me, and drive a few
> miles more from my dropoff point to the next fare. Most taxis
> are gas-guzzlers, and they're just getting bigger and bigger.
vehicles in the UK and even in the US. I can remember getting taxi
rides in a Mini, a Hyundai, etc.
but the big cab companies seem to impose a "standard vehicle" which
is always the Giant Oversprung American Sedan. the only real
eco-advantage I can see over the private auto is that at least
the taxi's engine is almost always warmed up... this is not a
small advantage when it comes to emissions; a cold auto engine
is very inefficient, spews unburnt fuel out the tail pipe, and
generally emits many times more pollutants per mile than a
> =v= I try to keep my cab use to a bare minimum.moi aussi, but using one now and then I think is a WAY smaller
impact than owning a car... they do say just in being manufactured
a car emits 1/3 of all the greenhouse gases it will emit during its
entire existence; so for one manufactured car to serve N people
instead of 1 person is a big win (at least on the greenhouse
front). convenient cab service could potentially reduce the ratio
of cars to people, and that's worth something, no? OTOH cab
drivers are "on the clock" and are often accused of driving
dangerously and being more of a hazard to peds and bikes even
than non-professional drivers.
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