Dallas without a car: Local son takes on month-long transit experiment

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Every time we step out of our houses, we make a transportation choice.

That choice is guided by time, logistics, money, convenience and habit.

Since most of us all dabble in this phenomenon called a commute, I wanted to explore what Dallas would be like without a car.

For the past year, I have been living in Manhattan – in the upper, Upper West Side neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, where I have been pedaling between classes, cafes and parks as a graduate student at Columbia. Yet, even before moving to the Big Apple (nobody really calls it that), I had grown accustomed to not needing a car in my daily life while living and working abroad as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia.

Benjamin Schwab, a University of North Texas almunus and Columbia University grad student, is spending a month back home in Rowlett. An avid biker, he plans to move around North Texas primarily by bicycle and public transit.


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