Car light less than 1 year
Car free less than 1 year
Car light less than 5 years
Car free less than 5 years
Car light more than 5 years
Car free more than 5 years
Contemplating a car light or car free change
Not interested in becoming car light or car free
I've been mostly car lite and occasionally car free since around 1999. Over the years, I've learned that it's possible to ride in extreme heat and cold, ride in rain and snow, and carry heavy things on a bike. I've also learned that I'd rather spend my time outside than trapped in a box - whether it's my own car, or one that someone else is driving, like a bus. At one point, I took a job in a community where car free living was nearly impossible: the homicidal maniacs and terrible infrastructure were bad, but the feral dogs did me in. It was a big reason why I left.
These days, I drive about once a week. I don't like doing it, but it's cheaper/easier for me to get all the groceries and heavy stuff, like cat litter and my (car-free) partner's diet Coke in one big trip with an automobile. I also drive the cats to the vet...and that's about it.
Whenever the car dies, we'll probably go car free again - there are plenty of things I'd rather do with my money than make car payments. I've thought about selling the car to finance a sturdier bike and serious cargo trailer, but the car isn't worth enough to pay for that, and insurance and maintenance are really cheap on an old car that you drive 20 miles a month. So, here we are, car lite, but not dependent. Quite a change for someone who grew up in The Car State.
Hi everyone! I'm a new one here and don't own a bike yet. We had some fun cruisers but sold them last summer. I'm getting ready to dive back in and take our driving down to a minimum, at least in the warmer months. I'm hauling two kids (4.5yrs and 10mths) to school, stores, church and more! We can't wait to order our first cargo/family bike and get to riding!
I'm car-light... Well, I don't own a car myself and not riding one neither.
But my wife does have a company car that she's an addict, using it for the weekly shopping and other daily stuff.
So therefore, I'm not car free....
However, I'm 30 and never owned one myself, I go by foot, bike or trains. In the city: trams or metro,... don't like the bus that much.
I do have a drivers-licence. Did it to drive the car to replace my wife when she has a broken leg.
I used this drivers-knowledge to drive her to hospital, once she was pregnant... left the car on the parking and the other following days I went to the hospital by train and by foot
Anyway, I just dislike driving, takes too much of my energy and focus.
And I'm a little ecologic too. I grow my own vegetables in the garden.
My car has not ran since 12/12 and it will be at least anther year before i have it going again. i guess i qualify as car light as i do most of my running around at home on bikes or borrowed car. However i am a Truck driver and drive more miles in a week than most do in a month or two.
i do see the need to reduce the number of cars and trucks on the road... and also i see how dangerous it can become (on a regular basis )
Last edited by cuzzinit; 05-13-14 at 10:15 AM.
Car free for about six weeks now, was car lite for two years before. My car's power steering went out and I haven't bothered to get it fixed. (Well, I took it to a mechanic and they told me the total cost to fix it would be $1,300.) I don't really see the point when I can get around on my bike just fine. I like not even having the option of driving, just hop on my bike and go.
I don't have a car, as do many Singaporeans.
My resolution this year was to go car light(er). My commute is only 4 miles each way so it hasn't been incredibly hard, though my afternoon ride is all uphill. I'm in my early 30s and have a desk job so getting healthier was the biggest reason, and being "greener" / using less gas were a close 2nd. Happy to say that I've biked 80% of my work days this year. I would normally have driven between 3k and 4k miles by this time of year, but currently I'm at just over 1k. Thanks to everyone on this forum for inspiration as well.
I'm technically retired (68) but have a new career -Author-Publisher (ie. self-published author)- where I work from home.
I have an SUV that gets about 10 feet to the gallon. Well, maybe not quite that bad, 16.5mpg in town. Not so good @ $4.39gal.
I ride 15-20 miles every morning and the only time I use the car is to go get groceries. In a year I've put about 2000 miles on it, including an out-of-town trip. The average American driver does 12,000 mi/yr. It's only for trips where I can't carry things on one of three bikes.
Back in the late 70's/early 80's people thought I was nutz riding a bike to work in Beverly Hills where everyone owns at least a Mercedes. They gave me funny looks and shook their heads. Now I think people are a lot more environmentally conscious and bicycle aware. Am I dreaming?
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