Friday, October 01, 2010

Transportation, our environment, and your job search

When looking for a job (a green job perhaps) in these recession-filled days of few job offers and low pay, consider the cost of transportation in factoring your desired compensation.  

In other words, if you can find a job you can walk, bike, or bus to you can get a job that does not pay as much as you would need if you had to own, maintain, and purchase a car. 

When searching for an employment position, calculate that you can work for at least $5,000 a year less if I don’t have to own a car to get to it.  (Calculate more if your vehicle is one of the hulking monstrosities that doesn’t even come close to the suggested miles per gallon quotient.)

You won’t need to pay repair bills, or licensing fees, fuel that warms the atmosphere, insurance, and you won’t have to save for a new car to replace the one you are going to wear out getting to and from your new job.  Our environment and you will be healthier if you can walk each day to your job, instead of maintaining that behemoth in your garage, just drooling for more fossil fuel.  

Figuring out the earnings you will need from your new job will give you a distinct advantage if you don’t have to pay so much just to get to your job.  Think about it: If you need to own a car to work, it’s going to suck critical earnings from your new job.

Just imagine if everyone considered the cost of transportation to their employment; we would not need high taxes to maintain roads, bridges, accident insurance, and our health bills would go down. Our neighborhoods would be people centric, instead of car dominate and we wouldn’t have to compete for living space with drivers speeding to work to make those outrageous car payments.  

Behold the bicycle:  People for Bikes "Peopleforbikes.org is dedicated to channeling that passion to improve the future of bicycling. Our goal is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one, powerful voice—to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone."

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