id love to be able to bike to work.. too bad it's 30 miles away (almost exactly) and id have traverse some pretty steep hills both ways, one is at least a mile and a half at about 35 - 40 degree incline
fortunately my little Geo Metro LSI gets about 40 miles to the gallon when i drive smart and dont blaze up those hills like all these asses in there extended cab dualie pickups. i pay about $10 - $25 in gas a week. but this weekend ill be filling it up from nearly empty to drive to my parents and back. so ill probably have to fill up twice this week.
still most people in this area, hell in the state, commute at least 20-120 miles a day to get to work. simply put, unless McD's is your idea of a career you HAVE to commute somewhere. and most of the time the quality jobs just arent there to justify moving to a larger place. the jobs just arent there to balance out the increase in rent/house payments in the larger areas.
even if mass transit were to be implemented here, it would take 25 years or more and thousands of workers just to install the lines through these mountains. and that would just be one rail between the two major cities around here (from Lexington, KY to Huntington, WV) . this isnt SimCity where you can lay rails from the begining on perfectly flat land. this is rural hick-ass Appalachia Kentucky.