The Girl in the Taxi


As I rode to work the other morning I peered into the back seat of a cab. Inside was a young girl, with a pen and notebook. She appeared to be working on some sort of assignment. She looked relaxed, as she had a small smile across her face. It seemed to be quite the pleasant ride on a cold Friday morning. However, I could not help but notice the rapidly increasing numbers on the dashboard. The longer this woman’s ride, the more it was going to cost. I could not fathom the relaxation she was experiencing.

NYC is extremely fast paced and time is always of the essence. This I learned very quickly as a new social worker living in the city. I also learned that despite the relatively small size of the island, transportation is a constant struggle. Do I take the bus or train? Should I walk or “cab it”? Would it be better to go across and then down? What about a pedicab? Etc, etc etc. On top of the time factor, we must also consider cost. It seems that the more you are willing to spend on your chosen method of transport, the higher the chance you will get there quicker. For instance, if you take the train it’s going to cost $2.75, but you risk heavy delays. If you choose a cab that same trip could cost $25, but may save you ten minutes. This struggle could all be eliminated with the bicycle.

 After living in NYC for about 2 years I have taken every form of transportation imaginable. I learned that my bicycle is the quickest and most convenient way to get around. Not only that, but it is the cheapest. With basic shop skills and a floor pump, my transportation costs are almost $0. This is why I could not understand the relaxation this girl was experiencing in the back of that cab. Her cost continued to rise with each turn of the wheels. In contrast, each time my wheels turned I was rewarded with an increased sense of accomplishment. Oh yea, I was also getting closer to my destination and, oh yea, it was free.

It is important to note that taxis and other forms of transportation are crucial, especially for individuals who may have limitations. However, for people who can ride I would highly suggest you try this method. It works. You wont be disappointed.

I will be giving away my first project “The Red Schwinn” around April 1 to a person that can truly benefit. Stay tuned to Bike and Brain for updates.

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2 Responses to The Girl in the Taxi

  1. David Santos says:

    Thanks for the enjoyable posts. Your point about cycling as a viable transport option is spot on.


  2. Tony says:

    I ride my bike almost daily here in Chicago and agree with you about the enjoyment and value of it. However, I think you were projecting when you looked at the girl’s face and saw no concern about the rising fare. Maybe she (or her employer) could afford it. Remember, it’s not all about money. For some folks a taxi ride is a nice experience. I don’t happen to feel that way, but I know others who do.


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