The #lovemybus champions are taking the bus for a whole year from Kilmarnock or Ayr to Glasgow and reporting back on their experiences. The champions will share what taking the bus means for their daily routine and the stories and anecdotes that they find on their journey. Mikey chooses the bus to commute because it is better for the environment, to reduce congestion and it is flexible for his lifestyle.
1. What is your main motivation for choosing bus?
There would be two main motivations really:
Easiness would be the first, and is probably the main motivation for people. When I moved back to Kilmarnock from Glasgow I had to choose between the train and the bus and the bus was easiest as there is a stop near my house so I don’t have to go into the centre of town, to catch a train.
The environment would be the second. I didn’t want to drive because of the effect it has on my carbon footprint. My partner works in a different part of Glasgow from me and so if we drove that would be two more cars on the road and that would add to the congestion as well as your footprint.
2. Research suggests that those who choose bus over car can enjoy more me-time, do you that is the case?
Yeah, definitely, I have never really been a fan of driving, I just did it because it was easy. But taking the bus means I have time to sleep, read a book, or listen to music. As I have got older I have lost time to just relax but the bus gives me that hour and a half everyday to myself.
Whereas if you are driving, whatever you are doing you are a lot more passive because you have to focus on the road, so if you are listening to a podcast on the bus you can focus on it a lot more.