Improving Student Access to Voting

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Each year, over 18,000 students fill the lecture theatres, meeting spaces and hallways of MUN, Marine Institute, CNA, Academy Canada, Keyin College and other post-secondary institutions in St. John’s. Here to learn, create and drive solutions to a wide array of challenges, each student also contributes uniquely to our neighbourhoods, our community, and our city.

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Reflecting on my week without a car

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Last week I decided to use my vehicle as little as possible and instead focus on walking, riding the bus and biking to get around. You can read more about why I decided to this but in short I’ve always been excited by the prospect of having a well-designed transportation system because it can lead to healthier and happier cities, while providing a broader set of choices for individual and family budgets.

Going car-less let me dive a little deeper into this idea and, as promised, this post shares some of that experience and hopefully lends a few insights into building a city that works for everyone.

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Dude, where’s my car?

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The truth is, I’m pretty lucky. My wife and I are able to afford a vehicle and have a wonderfully supportive family who are more than willing to lend us an extra ride from time to time. Driving offers convenience, flexibility and a sense of safety.

But driving is also expensive. It can be isolating and can make transportation more about the destination and less about the journey. Walking, riding the bus, biking, skateboarding (if only I was that cool) offer an entirely different experience and have the potential to be just as effective, efficient and safe. Options such as car-sharing and car-pooling also have significant potential in our city to help us get around. The choice to not own a car, or even just to not own the second car could be very significant to our well-being and our wallet.

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