Although I did ride a school bus in my middle school years, I don't recall ever riding a city bus. A dear friend of mine, however, does not own a car (by choice!), so she takes the bus everywhere she goes that she doesn't ride her bike. She's lived from Florida to California, so she has experience with many public transportation systems. Though ours isn't the most impressive, she said she's seen an increase in the number of people using the bus of late. When she suggested the kids and I take a ride downtown with her to our public library, I said, "Sure!" In our town, children 18 and under ride the bus to the library for free, so this was a great, low-cost summer activity that took up most of the day. The kids thought it was deliciously fun, and I saved a few bucks in gas and parking fees--a win-win in my book!