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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.

View Poll Results: How long have you been car light or car free?
Car light less than 1 year 163 16.48%
Car free less than 1 year 92 9.30%
Car light less than 5 years 133 13.45%
Car free less than 5 years 113 11.43%
Car light more than 5 years 82 8.29%
Car free more than 5 years 205 20.73%
Contemplating a car light or car free change 177 17.90%
Not interested in becoming car light or car free 24 2.43%
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Old 04-02-08, 05:09 PM   #76
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Currently I'm back to being car light.

It's sort of a contradiction, but I found I needed a car again for:

1. mountain biking as all the good freeride trails are 40 - 60 miles away

2. To get to the centuries that don't start near (<10miles) home.

3. To go hiking.

So as I result I use the car for commuting when the weather is bad and for recovery days especially before a big weekend ride.

Went car free for 2 years, from 2005-07 and grew up relying on my bike, feet, and public trans more than on a car.

I seem to average about 4500 miles/year biking although last year was a light year for riding as I had a major surgery that kept me off the bike and back in the car for a few months.
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Old 04-03-08, 08:49 AM   #77
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I've been car-free pretty much my whole life...I had a car recently that was given to me, went through all of the titled change and registration crap, but I never drove it...maybe once a week if that. So I don't really even count that because I certainly didn't rely on it and didn't like the burden. I just feel better biking to work, I only have a 4.5 mile commute.
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Old 04-04-08, 10:01 AM   #78
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I live in the Upper Peninsula, and we get alot of snow. And I have 1 year old, so car free is impossible. I try to ride my bike as much as possible. Getting a trailer soon so I should be just about car free for the summer and fall.
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Old 04-05-08, 02:29 PM   #79
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I live in the Upper Peninsula, and we get alot of snow. And I have 1 year old, so car free is impossible. I try to ride my bike as much as possible. Getting a trailer soon so I should be just about car free for the summer and fall.
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welcome to the forum. It's great that we're getting some more Michiganders here lately. I live in Lansing but spend a lot of time in Traverse City, and get up to the UP once in a while. My mom's family is from Pickford. Where are you?
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Old 04-07-08, 04:54 AM   #80
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I live in Marquette. I used to live in Atlanta (half hour east of Gaylord)
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Old 04-15-08, 08:12 PM   #81
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Well,,,,,,,I own a truck, My son has possession, my wife has to have a car, she thinks, unable to ride,,,,,,,and I drive a company vehicle, so when I am not at work or transporting my wife, or riding with Roger, I am car free.....
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Old 04-18-08, 06:58 AM   #82
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I sold my car when I started school. (I was just waiting for an excuse/inspiration to ditch the Earth Destroying Money Vortex.) Once I realized I could deal with a ~30 mile commute after the big Denver blizzards a couple years ago without a car, it seems like a total waste to buy one again.

It felt like a huge step at first. Now I don't really know what I'd do with a car if I had one.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:17 AM   #83
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All my life. When I was in high school and my Mom said to me 'All right, time to teach you how to drive,' I said, 'No thanks, I would rather not be a gas guzler, I'll stick to my bike' and so I've never gotten a driver's liscence. I just don't need nor want it. If I need to go farther than I can bike, I take the bus, or a taxi. Its compromise comfort versus nescessity for the environment in my mind.

EDIT: I might add that this was when I was living at home. My previous bike was stolen and I've been using public transit since. Soon I'll have a new bike really soon!

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Old 04-22-08, 10:33 AM   #84
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I've never driven a car in my life. Guess that makes me car-free for 30 years.
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Old 04-24-08, 01:44 PM   #85
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I'm dropping my car off at my parents for them to keep this weekend. Living in SF, I hardly ever use my car. The only times I do is for street cleaning.

So, from 17 to 26 I was car dependent. From now on, I don't see myself buying another car.
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Old 04-24-08, 01:50 PM   #86
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I have to say I'm really impressed or I admire those of you who have choosen this life style. It really gets one thinking that it's definitely possible to do. Just have to change some habits.
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Old 04-25-08, 12:05 PM   #87
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I became car free over 1 year ago when I retired and have never felt so liberated in my entire life. Every time I see the price of gas go up, which is every day now, I feel even better about my decision.
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Old 04-25-08, 12:26 PM   #88
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I became car free over 1 year ago when I retired and have never felt so liberated in my entire life. Every time I see the price of gas go up, which is every day now, I feel even better about my decision.
Plus, there is nothing better than daily cycling or walking to maintain physical vitality as we get older.
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Old 04-27-08, 01:39 PM   #89
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I'm car free, and it has been about five years. Before that I had a car that quit, I couldn't fix it and I couldn't afford to have it fixed or get a new one.

I don't have that problem with bikes, although it can be a challenge to get to concerts in other cities or to tour with performing groups...
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Old 04-28-08, 03:20 PM   #90
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Took the plunge! Car light with two cars for a year or so. I've been bike commuting for about two years but exclusively for a year. My wife and I finally decided, "This is stupid." So, we took both vehicles (car & a pickup truck) to the local Honda dealership and traded them in for a Honda Element. It is liberating!
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Old 04-29-08, 02:30 AM   #91
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I sold my truck (chevy 454 ouch... for trailers) went back to school and commute by bike and mtb when I can. That was 2 years ago. I recently bought a little 4 cyl car so I could get to an internship, but I hated owning it. So after about a month I turned around and sold it and made do with the bike. That was 2 months ago and I am relieved. I liked my biking lifestyle better. It sorta forces you to live locally and get out around other people (as opposed to the cage). I don't hate cars when they are used responsibly, but I would rather not own one and I feel good about not needing gas. Cheaper too. I plan on trying to find work in an area where I can continue to live car free when I graduate. Funny, I first switched to biking out of necessity (had to pay tuition) and when I tried living with a car again I wouldn't even look at it. It just sat in the parking lot.

Anyway, new to the forum, thought I'd put it my 2 cents (sorry I got a little long winded).
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Old 04-29-08, 05:10 PM   #92
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I've never owned a car and neither has my husband. When we were home from college we both had use of a family car. Once we were on our own at 20 and 22, we decided not to buy a car. Once not owning a car became our pattern, car free became easier than going out and buying one. Depending on when you start counting us as car free, it's been at least a decade.
I would start the clock from the day you were first able to make the choice not to buy a car, or have one bought.

Of course, you can always claim "all our lives!"

Either way, you are a role model for the rest of us.
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Well I sold my van last wednesday and my family is down to one car, forcing me to commute back and forth to work. Surprisingly, my wife has been very supportive. She must want me to slim down or something. It has rained everyday but one since I started this adventure. I want to thank everyone of you here for the encouragement through your posts and I look forward to living this way for a long time.
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Old 05-07-08, 12:44 AM   #95
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I don't know if there is a formal definition for 'car light', but I suppose 4000 km per year would qualify, which is where my wife and I are at in recent years. Even ten years ago it was 8-10,000 km/yr - the difference being one road trip each year back then. Everyone in the family commutes to school or work by bike or foot, and the cumulative distance by all would exceed the driving distance (which I already do by myself).
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Car light for 4 years (by NYC standards). Just donated my car last week. Car-free now!
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I don't own a car, and haven't regularly driven since 2000 or so, but we use zipcar sometimes (less than 1x/month average) so I picked car light. We're pretty close tho!
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Well,,,,I was car-free, but then today my kid brought my truck back, sure takes up lot a room,,,,,,,,,,,
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Old 05-11-08, 10:48 PM   #99
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Well,,,,I was car-free, but then today my kid brought my truck back, sure takes up lot a room,,,,,,,,,,,
So -- you played a country music album backwards.

Did you also get your wife back, your dog back, your gun back..?

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So -- you played a country music album backwards.

Did you also get your wife back, your dog back, your gun back..?

Wife back, dog died, need ammo.............

First thing I hear when the truck is in the driveway,,,,,"Can you haul........."
For now I'm pretending its broken.
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