Sometimes it takes a hardship to make us do things we should have done long ago. Such is the case with public transportation.
While larger cities have long had bus services, small towns lagged behind until high gasoline prices and economic difficulties caused leaders to consider alternatives.
Winchester, however, is on a roll with a new city bus service, a park-and-ride bus route to downtown Lexington, and a new law to allow people to drive specially equipped golf carts on city streets with low speed limits.
These services not only reduce traffic congestion and pollution, but also provide the elderly and others who are unable to drive or can't afford a car a way of getting around.