Few humans live in complete isolation. Indeed, our broad social interactions are a large part of what makes us human.
But the roads on BC islands are narrow and twisty. The summer brings oppressive traffic. Expensive housing causes many local workers to share these crowded, narrow, twisty roads by hitch-hiking, cycling, or using ancient vehicles of dubious safety. And fuel costs just keep going higher and higher.
An ecovillage will mitigate all these needs by providing local livelihood and local social life for its inhabitants.
Ecovillage transportation will be required for:
- intra-village: also known as "walking", but this involves planning for infrastructure such as paths
- intra-village hauling: need to move something heavy between local points
- commerce: need to move goods or provide services outside the village
- shopping: need to obtain goods or services outside the village
- organizational: need to interact with non-villagers about village business
- social: need to visit family and friends outside the village
An appropriate method of transportation should be employed for various needs. For example, one should not take a large, thirsty vehicle on a one-person, non-hauling task; or if several people are going to the same place, they should not take separate vehicles.
To meet these needs:
- There will be a combination of privately-owned and common vehicles. Some common-sense rules will be determined and posted for each. For example, EcoReality should not accept donations of "beater" cars, so their owners can be relieved of maintenance issues and still use the vehicle! On the other end, common-held vehicles need to be treated with the same respect one would treat their own car. A transportation steward will be responsible for organizing vehicles, with the advice and consent of the members and advisory council.
- Ride board: where villagers can post their regular comings and goings, so others can take advantage of rides.
- Vehicle sign-out: so villagers can be assured of common vehicle availability for time sensitive use.
- Vehicle log: so vehicle stewards can be kept informed of common vehicle maintenance issues.
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