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Walking Around SoCal: How To Be A Pedestrian In The Car Driving State

Updated on March 17, 2017

Can you be a pedestrian in a place where most people drive? This sounds rather paradoxical as Southern California is known for its long commutes and congested freeways. Even if cars are coveted in California, not everyone chooses this form of transportation. At a young age I never remember wanting to get a car as soon as I turned sixteen, so I did not do that. However, if you hate to drive and love to walk, then being a pedestrian in Southern California is very manageable with the many public transportation options available. For instance, I love the view of the Rim of the World Highway, but I would never want to drive on it. The Rim, also known as Highway 18, has a very scenic view, but it takes awhile to get used to going up and down it. There is a bus that goes up and down the San Bernardino Mountains, so need to drive it that is not your preference.

Generally, I am not scared if someone else is doing the driving, but I broke out into a sweat the few times I attempted this myself. I was quite a reluctant driver, and it was not until I was twenty-one that I even attempted to take driver's training. Panic and anxiety were all I felt behind the wheel most of the time, and only occasionally did I feel at ease driving. After taking the driving portion of the test and scaring the examiner with my skittish moves, I decided enough was enough!

I was simply too scared to drive, and that day I decided to stop trying. Some people may not understand this, but I decided to quit because I never really wanted to drive anyway. Honestly, I would probably have never even tried to drive if it were not for family and friends telling me this is something everyone must do. By the time I was twenty-four I decided well many people world around do not drive and live happy and productive lives, and I wanted to become one of them. Today I walk everywhere and use the bus only for trips that are too distant. I am the quintessential Southern California pedestrian, but there are actually more of us than people might think. If you live in a community with good sidewalks and strolling around is a pleasure, and it beats going to the gym. I even stopped riding the bus and opted for my longer walks, and I have lost weight as a result. Of course walking six miles several days a week might be for everyone, but this is a work out routine that has allowed me to lose weight without going on some restrictive diet. Actually, I eat pretty much the way I did before I upped my walks from three to six miles, except now I have stopped drinking soda for the most part.

Southern California:
Southern California

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Use Google Maps to help you plan walking trips and bus trips here in Southern California.

Enjoy The View

I enjoy the view when someone else is driving, but I never want to drive myself. I feel so much better when I can walk, and it is just part of why I love being a pedestrian. People used to ask me why I did not drive, but as I have got older I think they have finally accepted that I do not want to. I am fine as long as someone else is driving, but it is not for me. I am capable of mapping out my route via Mapquest, taking a bus, and walking as much as I can. This means I am willing to walk five miles sometimes, but the workout is always exhilarating. Let me share some of my favorite pictures I have taken during my walks in lovely Southern California.

Picture of the August sky.
Picture of the August sky.
Early morning October sky with the San Bernardino Mountains in background.
Early morning October sky with the San Bernardino Mountains in background.
Talking a walk and looking at the very spectacular Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Talking a walk and looking at the very spectacular Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The above video shows the lovely view of the Pinnacles.

Looking down to the valley on a walk in the mountains.
Looking down to the valley on a walk in the mountains.
Looking down the hill at another angle.
Looking down the hill at another angle.
Looking out at the Pinnacles.
Looking out at the Pinnacles.

The view from the San Bernardino Mountains at sunset is truly amazing.

The San Bernardino Mountains are beautiful at sunset!  Only when walking can you see views such as these.
The San Bernardino Mountains are beautiful at sunset! Only when walking can you see views such as these.


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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I like that walking is something anyone can do, and that it is free. People do need to move around to stay fit, and in the past our ancestors were in better shape because they had to be active to keep households running without all the modern conveniences we have. People think they need a gym membership to be active, but simply walking is another good alternative.

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      Aya Katz 

      3 years ago from The Ozarks

      Driving is not for everyone, and walking is good exercise. I love the photos you shared, and also the maps!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Green Lotus,

      Up in the mountains it is especially beautiful, but down here in the valley it is not so bad either :).

      Hello, hello,

      Nature is always nice to walk in!


      I really enjoy walking, and thanks for the support :).

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      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Love the pics, Sweetie. I don't blame you for preferring to walk. Not at all. Thanks for the hub!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Great pictures of a fabulous scenery. I could envy you. It must be such pleasure to walk there. Thank you for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow I can see why you're walking! The scenery is spectacular.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California, USA


      If you are willing to use mass transit and walk a lot there is no need to drive here. We have really good public transportation because of the large population here. Thanks for reading lorlie :).

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I left Southern California in the 60's, never to return. I can't imagine having to navigate the roads!

      Sounds like you've found quite the answer, SweetiePie!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California, USA


      Cycling is fun, and good exercise too. I imagine you would have some beautiful pictures of the Irish countryside if you made a hub about one of your trips. Thanks for the comment on my new profile picture, I appreciate that!


      I understand most people drive because they have too. Since I do not drive at all I have devised clever ways to get to some isolated places, like I took the Greyhound, or would get a ride with friends. Now I really do not travel as much as I would like, but it is sad flying has become such a hassle. If I had more money I would go to Hawaii frequently, but as you have said flying is not fun like it used to be.


      Yes a walk in the evening is quite pleasant. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Well, so a lot can be said for taking an evening stroll. Nice pictures. Enjoyed the hub.

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      Pete Maida 

      8 years ago

      I also hate to drive. I once drove up the winding road to Lick Observatory in the bay area and it scared the living daylights out of me. In this area many have no choice. There are areas that are simply not covered my mass transit. It is fine if you want to go from the suburbs into town, but if you need to go from suburb to suburb it is hopeless. I drive because I have to.

      I used to fly to avoid driving but that is now more miserable than driving.

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      8 years ago

      Personally I hate driving and when the better weather arrives I always cycle to work. I gotta say I just love those stunning photos, I would so love to view that in real life, awesome !

      Great hub SP and I loves yer current profile pic x


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