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Old 04-25-08, 01:16 PM   #1
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Car-free living?

Of you that are living car-free.

Whose retired?
Who has children living at home?
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
How old are you?
Urban or rural?
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Old 04-25-08, 01:33 PM   #2
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Well, I'm newly car free. I am 28, live in the city (about 20 miles s. of Seattle), no kids, no family for at least 2 states in every direction. Really it's not that big of a deal. Haven't found anything I need bad enough that can't be transported by my current bike. Though I admit, I'm not a homeowner, so that probably makes it a bit easier. I'm sure there are several in this category that are though, and they probably use trailers to transport the big stuff needed for home repairs or maybe call someone to do it for them with the money they save by not buying gas. Not sure, but if you are considering it, it's not for everyone, but it is fun.
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Old 04-25-08, 04:15 PM   #3
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Will be car free in the fall:

22 at the moment, my new apartment (to facilitate car free) will be in our University District on the edge of downtown (2.5 miles to central part of downtown). My family, in relation to the new place, would be about 25-30 miles away. I'm single, no kids (that I know of...) and can't wait to ditch the car.
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Old 04-25-08, 06:04 PM   #4
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I'm 51, single for 12 years, car-free for nine, cyclist for two. I live just outside the center city. My parents are 16 miles away--close enough for occasional visits, far enough away that they call my brothers to change the lightbulbs.
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Old 04-25-08, 06:29 PM   #5
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29, obviously not retired
No children, no spouse
Parents live about 4 miles away
Urban, town has about 100,000 people
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Old 04-25-08, 06:36 PM   #6
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I'm 33 and married. My husband and I have two children, 8 years old and almost 5. Currently we have some family living within 60 miles. We live in an urban area (roughly 220,000 in the city proper). I've been car free for almost 15 years.
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Old 04-25-08, 07:06 PM   #7
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-not retired
-I got a 2 yr old
-from 5km, to 40km
-29yr (soon to be 30)
-Urban

Never had a car.
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Old 04-25-08, 07:25 PM   #8
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- Not Retired
- no children yet
-5-10 miles
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Old 04-25-08, 07:59 PM   #9
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Of you that are living car-free.

Whose retired?
Who has children living at home?
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
How old are you?
Urban or rural?
Very car lite.

Not retired.

Never married, no kids

I live on the family farm. Parents' house is about an half mile away, brother's house is about half mile away.

40's

Rural
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Old 04-25-08, 08:32 PM   #10
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Retired.
Three adult kids.
Most family members scattered at distances of 80-350 miles.
55.
Suburban.

I'm a peak oilin' Kunstlerite who's just trying to figure out how to "make other arrangements" for living in an energy constricted future.
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Old 04-25-08, 09:02 PM   #11
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Not retired. No kids. Partner's parents are about 50mi away, mine are about 1500. 30ish, and urban. No car (1st anniversary of no car is next month).
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Old 04-25-08, 10:22 PM   #12
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Of you that are living car-free.

Whose retired?
Who has children living at home?
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
How old are you?
Urban or rural?

Not me, don't even expect to be when my time comes (in another 18-20 yrs.).
One of my own, three more of my sister's.
Next closest relative, and I've seen him once this decade, is 5 mi. away. Others are 19mi., 300 mi., 1300 mi. Parents are both gone (sniff! I'm an ORPHAN!)
Corner of urban and suburban....

Been car-free for 3-1/2 years; it was a choice -- replace the car or keep the house. I think I made the right choice. Besides, I miss the bike every day I'm not on it.

Somebody once said, "sex is like air...it's not a big deal 'til you're not gettin' any." Well, the bike and riding IS a big deal, whether I'm riding or not -- so does that make riding more important than sex?
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Old 04-26-08, 12:37 AM   #13
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Effectively 39, been car free for a year now, moved closer to family a few months ago, now within a 2-3 mile radius. Same for work and grocery store etc. married no children, just a niece and nephew, semi urban?
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Old 04-26-08, 04:04 AM   #14
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Whose retired?
Still working and likely to be for the rest of my life

Who has children living at home?
None. All grown up now.

How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
Another State -- 600km away, or 15,000km away (another continent) if talking about SO.

How old are you?
Over 50

Urban or rural?
Rural -- which makes car-ownership-free somewhat more challenging than many could imagine... such as 50km round trip for weekly shopping.

Car-ownership-free for 11 years.

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Old 04-26-08, 07:24 AM   #15
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You that are living car-free.

Whose retired?
Who has children living at home?
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
How old are you?
Urban or rural

On disability

One grown kid who lives 1,250 away

Mother and brother within 8 miles

56 years young

Urban- A dying Rust Belt city of 153,000
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Old 04-26-08, 08:20 PM   #16
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Of you that are living car-free.

Whose retired?
Who has children living at home?
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
How old are you?
Urban or rural?
I'm not retired, nor will I ever be, probably.

No Children. (I would still be car-free even if I did have them, though... I've seen it, and know it's possible.)

My nearest family is in the Ohio Valley, but we talk a lot.

I'm 47; I've been car-free for four years.

Totally urban. I can see the Space Needle from where I live. I think, for this environment, car-free is the best choice, but I would seriously consider a car if I lived back on the farm in KY. Riding 20 miles on high-speed, narrow two lane roads in an area where no one's ever seen a bike, and the average IQ is rather low, is asking for it, IMO.
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Old 04-26-08, 08:37 PM   #17
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Of you that are living car-free.

Whose retired?
Who has children living at home?
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
How old are you?
Urban or rural?
Working full-time and no children. My brother and his fiancee live 5 miles away. The rest of our family live in Detroit and Los Angeles. I'm almost 35 and we're living in an urban area.
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Working
Single, no kids
Family is mostly local - but they are not relied upon for anything
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Car-Free 8 yrs plus

If the weather in the Winter - meaning ice and/or lots of snow, is too bad - I have the advantage of taking the bus to work. Other than that - I commute, shop and travel via the two wheels.
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Whose retired?
-I work full-time, but will be going to part time and going back to school full-time at the beginning of the new year.

Who has children living at home?
-No kids yet...but my fiance wants to change that within the first year of being wed.

How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
-Mom and Dad, 15 miles away. Sisters, 40 miles away.

How old are you?
30

Urban or rural?
Urban
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Whose retired?

Work 3 part-time jobs to make ends meet and put away a little money for independence.

Who has children living at home?

I am the child living at home (for a few more months anyway).

How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?

Folks and younger brother are in-house. Sister is about 10 miles W. The rest of the family is in Oregon, Arizona, Texas and Alaska.

How old are you?

22 and loving it.

Urban or rural?

Suburban, the main reason I want to move out. I love gardening and would like to try farming some day so rural would rock, but I also like the fact that traveling around cities is easier. The automobile suburb on the other hand has few redeeming features, and the suburb in which I live is worse than most.
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Whose retired? Nope, single. Female.
Who has children living at home? None. Thankfully.
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius? A give hour bus trip. I moved out of town when I moved and I take the greyhound up for visits.
How old are you? 25 years old!
Urban or rural? Urban! The city is where its at!
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Single as a response to a retired query? This isn't a dating forum missy...
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Of you that are living car-free.

Whose retired?
Who has children living at home?
How close does your family live to you? Rough radius?
How old are you?
Urban or rural?
Of you that are living car-free, retired has children living at home, has family, and choose a living tatus of something.

Hmmm that should be about 3 percent of the population of course depending on the lving status varible?

Myself liberty, car-free, everyone is far away , camping (rural) or no camping (urban), and I am thirty three percent depleated.
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I'm car-free, 54, not likely to retire ever because I can't afford it, my family lives over 1,500 miles away, no spouse, no kids. I'm surburban.
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Old 04-27-08, 07:14 PM   #25
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not retired. no children. about 3000 miles from my family. 25. urban.

... and only sort-of "car free".
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