SLICE OF LIFE: Treading lightly on the earth by riding bike

FINE FOOTPRINT: Urbenville’s Bazz Hart sold his car five years ago and relies on bikes, buses, and trains to get around.
FINE FOOTPRINT: Urbenville’s Bazz Hart sold his car five years ago and relies on bikes, buses, and trains to get around. Hamish Broome

Bazz Hart, Urbenville:

MOST agree the state of public transport in our region is woeful compared to more populous and electorally influential areas, but some people manage to make do.

Urbenville local Bazz Hart sold his car five years ago, rides bikes around his village, and doesn't mind spending all day navigating buses and trains to get elsewhere.

Mr Hart said that back in 1962 researchers at Adelaide University published a statistic that Australians used 161,000 litres of petrol every second. "so imagine what they use now".

"I like to think of myself as a conscious person," he said.

He has also rejected planes, interesting for someone who used to work in the plane manufacturing industry. But he doesn't trust the complexity of modern commercial jetliners, or their "homogenisation".

In fact when this week Mr Hart needed to get to his eldest daughter's wedding in Melbourne, he took a throwback trip which involved neither cars nor planes.

To get out of Urbenville, Mr Hart caught the 7am bus to Lismore, which took about three hours.

After some appointments in Lismore, he caught the 6pm bus to Casino, where he jumped on the train to Sydney, and onwards to Melbourne.

It's a regular trip for Mr Hart, whose three adult children from his first marriage live in Melbourne (he has five more from his second, plus nine grandchildren).

This one is special - technically it's a re-enactment wedding, as his daughter Emma actually got hitched by an Elvis look-alike in Las Vegas recently.

To make it more special, this time he will be dressing up as Elvis - the Las Vegas 1970s version - complete with wig, sunglasses, jumpsuit, and belt.



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