Traf­fic? What traf­fic?

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS -

Ap­par­ently the Washington re­gion has bad traf­fic con­ges­tion. That’s a bum­mer.

I say “ap­par­ently” be­cause I vir­tu­ally never ex­pe­ri­ence any of it first­hand since I’ve opted out of the life­style that re­quires peo­ple to sit in traf­fic. I live in the city, where it’s eas­ier and faster to get around by walk­ing, tran­sit, cy­cling and the oc­ca­sional taxi­cab than by driv­ing, so traf­fic con­ges­tion is sim­ply not some­thing I ever have to think about. I can re­mem­ber ex­actly one traf­fic jam that I’ve been a part of over the past year, and it hap­pened while vis­it­ing fam­ily one week­end in western Fair­fax County. Inmy nor­mal day-to-day rou­tine, I haven’t been in a traf­fic jam in years.

Traf­fic jams are a choice. Peo­ple choose to sub­ject them­selves to them based on where they choose to live and how they choose to get around. For me, opt­ing out was an easy de­ci­sion.

Dan Malouff,

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