A few days ago I was driving down an ordinary county highway when a small flash drew my eyes over to the check engine light on the corner of my dash which just turned on. I was instantly frustrated as this just added to the list of time consuming and costly car-related issues I’ve had in the past few years.
When I got my driver’s license at age 17 I was ecstatic, but as I grow older, I am beginning to understand why more teens are choosing to forgo getting their license or a car. With gas, insurance, and upkeep, it is insanely expensive.
Of course, much of this depends on location. I grew up in a relatively rural town so I absolutely needed a car if I want an education, job, or social life. I had to drive at least 15 minutes just to get to a grocery store or coffeeshop. This dependence on cars and lack of public transportation contributed to a large carbon footprint. This recently published map from UC Berkeley shows that I had the privilege of growing up in a “red” zip code — the worst possible level of carbon footprints.
Now how is this connected to Copenhagen and DIS? Without being longwinded, I am excited to finally live in a place that has amazing public transportation. And I’m especially excited to trade in my car for an iconic Danish bicycle. I am so ready to discover and learn why Copenhagen is the 2014 European Green Capital, and to furthermore live that lifestyle for 4 months.