Pedestrians Can Save Money By Not Driving

Usually when people think of Southern California they envision clogged freeways and arduous commutes. However, long commutes are a choice, and a person can live closer to work if they do not want to drive long distances. Despite the Southern California emphasis on driving it is possible to be a pedestrian and save money in the south land. If the trip is under three miles, it is completely walkable. Of course I understand that a pedestrian lifestyle is not for everyone, but most people can definitely walk more and drive less. For instance, how many trips do you make per week that are within walking distance of your house? Could you walk to the post office rather than drive your car every single time? These are things to consider for both the environment and your pocket book. For more hardcore pedestrians such as myself, the expansion of Metrolink and other public transportation systems is making the walking/biking lifestyle all the more plausible as time goes by. Another thing you can do to cut down on transportation costs is by living closer to work, and to use public transportation of van-pools to commute. Not everyone is going to do that, but why commute two hours each way if you could find a cute house closer to where you live. The number one thing about pedestrianism is you save money on your commute, and it is a great work out. Even if you do love to drive, what about walking more often rather than spending all that money on expensive gym bills. I would rather walk outside around the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains than walk inside on a treadmill.

Pedestrianism: Being Fit On Your Own Terms!

I went to the student recreation center in college, which had a gym that we could work out in, but I was never the treadmill kind of girl. I know treadmills are conducive if you live in a cold climate where you cannot get out and walk often, but growing up in the mountains taught me to wear layers when I was walking outside. I can walk most anywhere as long as I dress appropriately, and the thing I love about pedestrianism is it helps me get and stay fit on my own terms. I am a lifelong walker, and I can testify that even when I was slightly larger I was always in good shape. I lost a bit of weight over the last year by bumping up my walking distances and eliminating soda, and I did all this without charging up an expensive gym bill.

Pedestrianism is truly fitness on my own terms because I do it for me and not anyone else. I love the healthful feeling of walking miles, but I am not doing it so I can don a bikini at the beach. I am not exactly what you would call the conservative type, but you would never catch me sporting a bikini at the beach. I do not even obsess about my weight or the size of my clothes because it is all about being fit and eating healthy. Pedestrianism has helped me to save money when it comes to my health and fitness.  Fitness has to be on my own terms, and pedestrianism has made that possible for me.  It can for you too, if it is something you are willing to pursue.

Beautiful Pictures From My Walks Around Southern California

Mountains on a Southern California walk.
Mountains on a Southern California walk.
Another view of the mountains on my Southern California walk.
Another view of the mountains on my Southern California walk.
Looking out at Mount Baldy on my Southern California walk.
Looking out at Mount Baldy on my Southern California walk.
Saving money and seeing beautiful landscape on my Southern California trek.
Saving money and seeing beautiful landscape on my Southern California trek. | Source
The beautiful views is one of the perks of pedestrianism.
The beautiful views is one of the perks of pedestrianism.
Looking out at The Pinnacles on one of my Southern California walks.
Looking out at The Pinnacles on one of my Southern California walks. | Source
Looking at the mountains as I am walking.
Looking at the mountains as I am walking.
A boulder I spotted on one of my walks.
A boulder I spotted on one of my walks.
Beautiful sunset that I captured with my camera as I was on a walk.
Beautiful sunset that I captured with my camera as I was on a walk.
Beautiful boulder formation as seen on one of my walks.
Beautiful boulder formation as seen on one of my walks.
The beauty of walking through the desert side of the San Bernardino Mountains.
The beauty of walking through the desert side of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Save Money By Taking Public Transportation

You can save money by taking public transportation if you do not want to drive to certain locations. Here in Southern California Metrolink is expanding to many new cities in the coming years, and already offers reliable services to many major cities. There are also other major public transportation systems that offer bus service within the major cities of Southern California. It is possible to save money by taking public transportation if you would like to avoid driving once in a while, or if driving is just not for you.

Google Maps now provide directions on how to drive, walk, and take public transportation to areas that are well mapped out, which includes most major Southern California cities. Just go to Google Maps and plug in the coordinates of your start and end points, and you will find customized directions to your location.

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Justsilvie 5 years ago

Nice Hub! Living in a city were walking and public transport is a given I freak out when I go home for a visit. Last time I was home I walked to the drug store and when I got back everyone asked me if I realized that it was a mile on both direction and why did I not ask for someone to drive me?

I had to laugh, because no I had no clue how far it was, I just realized how much I enjoyed it after days of jumping in a car for every outing. It felt wonderful.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

@Justilvie I think a mile is a pretty short walk, but I guess for people that drive all the time it seems daunting. Thanks for sharing your experiences, I can relate!


Wooded 5 years ago

Great hub!!! I was without a vehicle for several months last year and I almost didn't want it back when it was finally repaired! I now refuse to drive to any destination that is within walking distance, unless I have too much to carry. I also find taking the bus to certain locations is much more convenient than finding a parking space.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Beautiful pictures! I'm wearing my walking shoes!!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate your comments Truckstop Sally!


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wsupaul88 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

I really like the pictures! Great Hub


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you @wsupaul88!


lyjo 5 years ago

A beautiful hub & photographs, walking for the environment is something we should all be working at! And what about how great you feel afterwards? Great hub! Thanks, take care!


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Another GREAT Hub SweetiePie!

Blessings always, EarthAngel!


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SUSIE42 5 years ago

I have often thought about being able to give up my car. No more car payments, insurance, gas, repairs, registration, etc. I could save so much.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

@lyjo,

You are right about how we can all walk more, even if people do drive. Get out in nature, enjoy the afternoon!

@ Earth Angel,

I really appreciate your comments as always!

@Susie,

Even if you do drive there are ways to save money, like maybe walking to the store once or twice a week, if at all possible. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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rich_hayles 5 years ago

Wow great hub and pictures.

I live quite close to my local city centre and have never driven because of it. I love walking and take advantage of the distance between everything on a daily basis.

The main park is only a mile away so my partner and I take a wonder up on a weekend if the weather is good.

Its nice to see someone encouraging others to get active.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

@rich_hayles

Sounds like you live in the ideal place with everything close by. I would like that.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

I have a car and a motorbike but I always try to make good utilization of means of transport God has given me: My legs. I share the same opinion with this hub that being pedestrian is healthful, grateful (to the Creator of my legs) as well as economical.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate your thoughtful comments agusfanani!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A good idea and it certainly saves money.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for reading Hello, Hello.


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LensMan999 5 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

wonderful hub sweetiepie !!! ,

from now onwards I will use my vehicle as rarely as possible and will enjoy the lovely nature. This hub creates the love for nature and also will save money


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

@LensMan999,

Driving is fine if you must go on long trips, but I just advocate people walk when they can. It is the only true way to experience nature.


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Raven King 4 years ago from Cabin Fever

What a great way to keep fit and what a beautiful view. Great hub! :)


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for your comments, Raven King!


sharonkaylewis 2 years ago

I like this article. I am 51 years old and I walk or take the bus almost everywhere here in Columbus, Ohio. Our bus system is not as good as larger cities, like NYC or Chicago, but it is decent for the size. Our buses run on CNG and they run until midnight during the weekdays. I live within a 5-10 minute walk to a bus that runs every 25 minutes and goes to a major shopping center. I can also get to downtown on the bus. In my neighborhood, there are plenty of sidewalks. I enjoy walking because it helps me to relieve stress.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I agree with what you are saying Sharon. I often hear people complain here in the Inland Empire that the bus system is not as good as New York or LA, but actually, it is pretty good. Now we even have a fast bus connecting Loma Linda and Cal State San Bernardino, which is faster than if you drive or hop on the freeway. Also, if you live close to work sometimes biking and walking can be faster than being stuck in a traffic jam. I love how we live in cities with sidewalks, and think every community should build these. Even if most of the residents prefer driving over walking, I would think they would get out and walk during sometime of the day. Everyone needs exercise, and sitting at home is not that.

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