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We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

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Sunday, 8 March 2009

Public Transport in Bermuda

It is easy to find room for improvement in any city or country. Often we take the aspects of a culture that represent real efforts towards sustainability for granted.

For me Public Transportation, like universal health care, is a basic requirement of a civilized society. Bermuda has excellent health care, though private and expensive no-one is turned away and I've never heard of anyone being bankrupted or made homeless by an insurance company here.

The Public transport here is excellent. One can get a ferry or bus to within an easy walk of anywhere on the island. A bus pass costs $55/month, far less than owning, maintaining, licensing and insuring a private vehicle. Now I've recently heard that they've made it free for kids going to school. This decision should remove thousands of cars from the road during morning rush hours and when school lets out in the afternoon. I've seen kids as young as 5 years old traveling alone to school in safety. The entire community looks after the young children here.

Another step the government has taken is to ban the import of two stroke motorcycles which significantly improves the air quality. On the down side, stupidly large vehicles are now allowed to be imported for private use. Heavily taxed, though this makes no difference for those with more money than brains, there is even a hummer or two on this island of narrow twisty turny roads. Strangely, even with this wonderful public transport system, there are more cars per capita here than anyplace in the world.

Overall, the transport system here is more sustainable, reliable, and even enjoyable than any place I've ever lived.

Thanks to The Buses of Bermuda. Book. 2004, Colin Pomeroy for the image from http://www.bermuda-online.org/getround.htm


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