Orlando without a car (entry 2): Assault of the elements

Orlando without a car is a Orlando Opinion series highlighting the ultra car dependent culture of Central Florida, and how lack of action after decades is contributing to a poor quality of life for residents.

Possibly the second most important function of your car here in Orlando beyond transportation is shielding you from the elements.

That’s harsh lesson I learned today as I continue to try to navigate the greater Orlando area without a car.

You’re probably very familiar with weather pattern here in the summer and really most of the year. Scorching heat in the mid morning that can kill if left an individual is left dehydrated and in poor health, followed by a Noah’s Ark downpour of severe thunderstorms that can lead to flooding in some areas.

It’s a terrible and pedestrian commuters aren’t protected.

LYNX and Sunrail don’t always protect it’s riders with lack of shelter on both accounts. The stops and stations are in poor locations. But our elected officials want to raise taxes to get us to pay for those improvements. That’s not fair.

But event in any event, you should be prepared to suffer in the Orlando community without a car. I know I did today.

During my travels I experienced a heat index of almost 100 degrees, and was actually concerned about lighting even though I’ve spent most of my life here.

If you’re in Orlando without a car, you’re experiencing that every day.

The solution is to provide more resources for Orlando residents, through either higher wages or lower rents to allow them to have at least one vehicle in their family or take the occasional rideshare. But that’s unlikely. Orlando leaders have made poor progress on both.

Make sure to pack an umbrella and some sunscreen. You’ll be using them both on the same day without a car in Orlando.

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