Recently I noticed that there is a huge difference between countries concerning transportation. My personal favorite is my bike, my feet or public transport in the winter. The thing that most people would say is, yes, I do not own a car because I have no money, but I do have a driving license I am just having too much fun going by bike. You never get stressed out because of a traffic jam, no traffic lights, no restrictions, just me and my bike cycling through the seasons changing all around us. It’s like nature is giving you all these beautiful creations as a present for you not polluting her. Another thing I never have to worry about is getting overweight or having some major health issues because of that. Nevertheless, here in Macedonia we now have an overpopulation of cars. In recent years the government opened up a market for importing used cars that are of course much cheaper and so everybody went car crazy. I am not saying this is a bad thing, but we are trying to preserve nature, aren’t we?
       Up until a few months ago we had these very old buses on the streets. I’m guessing they were polluting much more that all the used cars put together. The first step should’ve been investing in new public transport, but sadly it was the very last step. Macedonia is a small country, and so its capitol city, Skopje can become very well connected with public transport in a short amount of time. These days we have brand new buses used for public transport, which the government invested in, and yet people keep buying cars even if they can’t afford them.
It seems that owning a car has become a sign of how high you stand in society, rather than a necessity. And so the vast majority of young people drive a car and those that don’t have one, wish they did. So the popular belief is that, if you travel by public transport or by bike or even worse, walk to your destination, you must be really poor. I have friends from other more developed European cities and all of them use public transport or a bike, and they do have more money.
     Are the young people in this country forgetting nature or is it just that with all the new technology out there it has become completely irrelevant to save money and save nature!?

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Comment by Ajay Kumar on September 30, 2011 at 9:28

Yah you are right in mode of transportation its the true friend of humanbeing.

Comment by Hanna McLean on September 27, 2011 at 15:03
Interesting post, Elena. The situation in Macedonia sounds similar to what is going on the States in terms of transportation. Everyone I know in the US has a car! The problem is there however, that it is almost impossible to get anywhere without one. Everything is so spread out and often times the cities are not very accommodating to bikers.

I think it is okay for young people to have a car (depending on the circumstances) however, when I see families that have two, three, or even four cars to a household I start questioning their principles as well. It seems so hypocritical to say that we need to fight for the environment while at the same time driving around in our larger than life S.U.Vs.

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