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  • Car light less than 1 year

    150 16.15%
  • Car free less than 1 year

    90 9.69%
  • Car light less than 5 years

    128 13.78%
  • Car free less than 5 years

    106 11.41%
  • Car light more than 5 years

    72 7.75%
  • Car free more than 5 years

    195 20.99%
  • Contemplating a car light or car free change

    167 17.98%
  • Not interested in becoming car light or car free

    21 2.26%
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  1. #676
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwoodroaster View Post
    Hi Everyone...I look forward to being part of the discussion. Thanks to everyone who have given us so much info already!
    Welcome to the car-free/car-lite lifestyle and welcome to the forum! You may find, as I have, that many of us here share many of the same daily experiences and challenges. I liked your words:

    Quote Originally Posted by bwoodroaster View Post
    ...Everything has been much more of an adventure to be enjoyed together...
    I share the same attitude! When I face a new "adventure", I simply ask myself, what would my ancestors have done about 100 years ago, before motorized vehicles were so common? Okay then, let's do this! It often turns out the task was not quite as difficult as I had imagined it would be.

    You will find the bike forum to be a very valuable resource in many different areas. Good luck and ride safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwoodroaster View Post
    Hi Everyone, my family and I just recently went car free in St. Louis, Missouri. My wife and I both work from home and the kids school's are close, so it made it easy to take the leap when the transmission in our car died. One thing I have noticed during the first month, even after looking for a potential replacement car, we just have not felt the urge to buy one. Where we are located in St. Louis is a semi suburban area, but within 5 miles from everything we need or want, including car rentals and public transportation. We live what I would call a fairly luxurious minimal lifestyle, so really any of the so-called issues of not owning a car have been just First World Problems. What has been funny, is that I have commuted via bike at various times in my life, sometimes as much as 30 miles round trip, yet never really thought I could go car free. Now that we are, it has been very good for our family. Everything has been much more of an adventure to be enjoyed together.

    Anyway, I look forward to being part of the discussion. Thanks to everyone who have given us so much info already!
    Welcome to LCF!


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    I've been reading the CFL sub-forum for a few months now, and have recently moved to a much more car-lite existence. My girlfriend and I moved in together about 2 months ago. She has not owned a car for about 18 months, and was biking or walking to work before we got together. Now, she uses my car 6 days a week while I cycle to work & home M-F. This is working for us because I feel physically & mentally better with each consecutive day that I ride, while she just feels more run down if she has to ride/walk, mostly because of joint pain and working in a fast paced food service job. My commute is about 4 miles each way, daylight both ways this time of year, to a mechanical trade job where it doesn't matter if I'm dirty/sweaty. I also work with few guys who love cycling, one who goes on the local club rides and another who toured cross country, so I have more in common with some coworkers now. I've been loving this recent change. I get my daily serving of alone time on the bike each day, get some exercise, and feel more connected to the natural world around me because I'm out in the elements rain or shine, feeling the surface of the road and the weather with my whole self. Thanks to the many contributers here in LCF who have helped get me psyched up to see this as 100% adventure! ~scroungetech

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    Ashamed to say that i went from car-free to car lite again. The weather was killing me! rain, rain, hard wind and more rain. Arriving at the office soaking wet every day is not my idea of a good start of the day So i bought a small and cheap car that i now use when its raining really hard. I dont think i really like the idea of owning a car again but getting wet daily isnt fun either. Especially when i have to ride my bike or scooter 2 hours a day .

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    Hi everyone. I've been car free for about 3 years now. (That's of my normal adult life, I also didn't have a car in college but that was very common for my campus.) I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    I work 2 jobs--one is about a 1.5 mile bus ride/walk from my house. The other is in the next town over but there's an express bus between the two that's easy to use.
    I mostly get around by bus, or take lyft/uber in the occasions that I need to carry heavy groceries or something. I've been thinking of getting a bike, but there aren't good bike lanes here and I fear for my safety.

    I'm from New York and never got my driver's license. It took me a while to get around to obtaining the license, and I kept saying I would get a car as soon as I had it. But then I thought...you know what, I've been doing this for a year already and it's saved me a lot of money, and I've learned how to survive without a car. So I decided to stay carfree!

    The hardest part about it isn't even the logistics of getting around. It's the fact that I seem to be the only carfree person in the city. Seriously, until recently I didn't know anyone else without a car. It would be possible for a lot more people to do it but it hasn't caught on. Everyone thinks it's SUPER weird that I don't have a car. That's why I went looking for a forum, hoping I could get a bit of confirmation that I'm not insane, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac11 View Post
    Hi everyone. I've been car free for about 3 years now. (That's of my normal adult life, I also didn't have a car in college but that was very common for my campus.) I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    I work 2 jobs--one is about a 1.5 mile bus ride/walk from my house. The other is in the next town over but there's an express bus between the two that's easy to use.
    I mostly get around by bus, or take lyft/uber in the occasions that I need to carry heavy groceries or something. I've been thinking of getting a bike, but there aren't good bike lanes here and I fear for my safety.

    I'm from New York and never got my driver's license. It took me a while to get around to obtaining the license, and I kept saying I would get a car as soon as I had it. But then I thought...you know what, I've been doing this for a year already and it's saved me a lot of money, and I've learned how to survive without a car. So I decided to stay carfree!

    The hardest part about it isn't even the logistics of getting around. It's the fact that I seem to be the only carfree person in the city. Seriously, until recently I didn't know anyone else without a car. It would be possible for a lot more people to do it but it hasn't caught on. Everyone thinks it's SUPER weird that I don't have a car. That's why I went looking for a forum, hoping I could get a bit of confirmation that I'm not insane, haha.
    Welcome to the forum! I bet we can talk you into trying a bike. They really aren't more dangerous than walking, and about three to four times faster, even at an easy pace. The start-up cost for bicycling can be surprisingly low.


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