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Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

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Yes 56 56.00%
No 44 44.00%
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Old 12-27-06, 10:12 AM   #1
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Are you car free ? (POLL)

I just wanted to get an idea of how many people here are actually car free.

In relation to this poll, the definition of car free is:

A person who does not own a car.


Another example in reference to how I want this poll to be answered would be:

Suppose you live with someone who owns a car, then you should select YES to the poll ... (YOU are still car free).

If you own a motorcycle, or other gasoline powered vehicle other than a car, you should select: YES.

This is just in relation to cars (and vans, trucks, etc... 4 wheels or more ) .. not other vehicles such as scooters, mopeds, motorcycles, trikes -- etc....

Also, for discussion purposes, I would like to know for how long you have been car free.

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Old 12-27-06, 12:23 PM   #2
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This time around, I've been carfree for about 6 years. Since I turned 16, I've been carfree in about half of the 35 years, probably more than half by now.
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Old 12-27-06, 12:51 PM   #3
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I've just been car free since August of 2006.

So far I am reaping the rewards of not owning a car. =)
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Old 12-27-06, 01:19 PM   #4
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not yet... I'm in the process of simplifying other areas of my life and will probably be ready to sell the car in the spring (when my motivation to ride in the rain is the highest).
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Old 12-27-06, 04:25 PM   #5
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Car free for a year and one half right now, but thinking about buying a car next spring for an extended road trip this spring. Extended road trip means a year or two.
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Old 12-27-06, 04:35 PM   #6
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No car since I moved to North America in 1997. I rent when I need one. And I have wonderful friends with cars, who give me lifts to shops or bike rides.

Glorious.
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Old 12-27-06, 04:41 PM   #7
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Was car-free for almost a year until last Sep. Still try not to drive unless I absolutely have to.
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Old 12-27-06, 04:44 PM   #8
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Old 12-27-06, 04:49 PM   #9
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I seldom drive, but we have a car in the family. I actually told the insurance company to drop me from the policy, when they threatened to raise the premium. But, they came back with the same rate, and kept me on it, for no additional dinero. Funny how that works! The wife drives at times, and my father-in-law stays with us, and doesn't ride.
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Old 12-27-06, 04:49 PM   #10
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31 yrs car free. not even drining license.
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Old 12-27-06, 05:11 PM   #11
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Old 12-27-06, 05:13 PM   #12
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Old 12-27-06, 06:38 PM   #13
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Car free for 3 years.
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Old 12-27-06, 06:52 PM   #14
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It has it's moments of hardships..but is very cool once you get over the inital start up learning phase.

ps-renewed my drivers liscence just in case I ever need to drive.
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Old 12-27-06, 07:35 PM   #15
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Old 12-27-06, 10:33 PM   #18
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I am 34 years old and have never owned a car. I do not have a driver's license either. Actually, I can not afford buying a car. Even if I could, I would not buy one anyway. If I needed a motor vehicle and could afford buying one, I would rather buy a small cc motorcycle than a car.

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so.... according to your 'rules' I'm not carfree. I own a car... well... a truck, actually. I haven't driven it since the middle of February, 2006. It's paid for, not insured at the moment, and has 5 year plates on it. (3 more years).... so, it doesn't cost me anything to sit there, and if I do want/need to drive it, it would only take me a matter of a few hours to get some insurance on it.

That said, ever since I parked it, I've used my bike as primary transportation, with the bus as backup. I have over 4,000 miles on my bike since I started riding again at the beginning of June.
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Old 12-28-06, 02:33 AM   #21
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I booted the car this past summer. I still drive from time to time to help out friends, but it's rare.
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Old 12-28-06, 07:49 AM   #22
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never owned a car. 28 with a 9 month old baby now

I'm thinking I may get my license at some point, just to be able to rent for certain vacations.
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Old 12-28-06, 09:57 AM   #23
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sold my car in early August of 2006.
the b/f had sold his car about 2 years ago, so i guess we are a car-free household.
we rent for long trips and i borrow the folks' car occasionally for time-crunchy stuff or for large (i.e. too big for his extracycle) trips...

i love it.
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Old 12-28-06, 10:32 AM   #24
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According to the OP I am technically car-free, since our single family car is in my wife's name and she is the primary driver during the wek. However, I often drive it on weekend family outings and, of course, vacation trips. So I'm more comfortable describing myself as "Car-Lite".

After almost 20 years of car ownership, I've been without one (registered to me) for about a year now!

One of my non-commuting bike goals has been to transition from the habit of taking the car when possible and only using the bike when not, to always taking the bike when possible and only using the car when not. This means there have been plenty of times when my wife hasn't needed the car and I could have used it, but choosing to bike anyway. So instead of the car being primary and the bike being backup, as most non-cyclists would think of it, in my life now the bike is the primary and the car is the backup. I think it's an important distinction.
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Old 12-28-06, 11:36 AM   #25
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Not car free, try to be "car lite" but I haven't even accomplished that.
I just like the forum... I'm a minimilist~neat freak.
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