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Old 03-14-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Unless perhaps you live in a place like NYC, it certainly ups your driving as you are going to different parties, kid amenities, sports, and so on.

On the other hand, if you live close enough to most things and don't drive for your work commutes (this is our scenario), you still may drive less than most households.
Plus, when you have a few kids your life becomes very busy and you don't have time to wait for buses. Not to mention it just becomes tricky to keep all the kids together (especially if you also have to manage shopping bags). I can remember taking the bus quite a bit when my first child was born, but by the time we had two it was difficult and I could always tell the other passengers weren't thrilled about having a mom with kids on the bus.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Please do. I know Robinson well and I'd be willing to bet money on the fact that there are no 70 mph speed limit signs. ... I wish there were!
There are not. As noted earlier, the maximum speed limit in the entire state of Pennsylvania is 65 mph.

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Old 03-14-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: somewhere near Pittsburgh, PA
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Please do. I know Robinson well and I'd be willing to bet money on the fact that there are no 70 mph speed limit signs. ... I wish there were!
I wish there was too. I drive this every day to work and there's certainly no 70mph zone on 79 near Robinson. Or anywhere in PA for that matter. 65mph is the max speed limit on highways in PA. I was also disappointed to learn that after moving from a state where 70mph speed limits were common.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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and I could always tell the other passengers weren't thrilled about having a mom with kids on the bus.
Hmm, they are very welcoming of our kids on our bus, but it is a very neighborly bus route (we even have a holiday party with other riders).
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I wish there was too. I drive this every day to work and there's certainly no 70mph zone on 79 near Robinson. Or anywhere in PA for that matter. 65mph is the max speed limit on highways in PA. I was also disappointed to learn that after moving from a state where 70mph speed limits were common.
It's even worse that I-79 is 55mph from the city to I-70.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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I actually *feel* like I drive a lot (I commute via PAT and via car, depending on the weather, how much I'm carrying, and if I want that extra 15 minutes of sleep or not), however I only put 6,000 miles on my car in the past year. Much of which was road trips. It's highly likely that I would be driving much more if I still lived in Toledo, there's fewer walkable neighborhoods there, and the jobs aren't as concentrated in downtown Toledo as they are in downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Yes and no. It truly depends because you're not forced to sign up your kids for soccer, dance, karate and art classes....its optional. For some may just be one extra drive a week.

I drive for business too...so doomed if I do, doomed if I don't...LOL

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I think when you have kids, you tend to drive a lot no matter what city you live in. Especially if you have several kids.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Same goes for planes, or trains, or any public place for that matter...I feel we are the new "segregated" category of ppl! LOLOL

If childless ppl are so busy being bothered by us/the ones with kids in public, then I propose family only restaurants, planes, trains, buses, parks, beaches, trails, stores, streets, highways, and public bathrooms!

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I could always tell the other passengers weren't thrilled about having a mom with kids on the bus.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Mt. Lebanon)
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Since I moved to Mt. Lebanon five years ago I drive significantly less. I work downtown so I leave my car at home and walk to the T Station. I will often stop on my way home for groceries, take-out, or other odds and ends so I don't have to use my car.

I will drive on the weekends for errands and whatnot but my day-to-day use is way down. In fact, I'm exempt from the emissions test when I get inspected for staying under 5k.

So while I think it would be really inconvienent to live in Pittsburgh without a car it is definiteily possible to use one sparingly.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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What does that mean?

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In fact, I'm exempt from the emissions test when I get inspected for staying under 5k.
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