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Living with a car & a bike.

Old 07-04-13, 06:55 PM
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Living with a car & a bike.

Well, I wasn't sure where to post this, or even why I am posting this, but oh well.

Going from my Ford 500 that had the 145k to a more economical, environmentally-friendly Vibe, makes me feel like I am doing my part for the environment little by little(as I believe we all should), since I am unable to bike everyday for commuting where I live for the summer, and I need a vehicle to get back and forth to my parents, my nanny job, some of the trails I like to bike around, and school, since it would take me a VERY long time, as well as be VERY unsafe to bike commute.

So, my question to everyone is this: Do you still own a car? How do you balance your car/bike lifestyle? Do you feel any guilt? Please, share your thoughts on this lttle issue.

Thanks, and I hope everyone (who celebrates) has a happy, safe, and healthy forth.

p.s. Taking the Vibe on a "maiden" voyage to take my parents to the airport for their MO trip tomorrow.

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Old 07-04-13, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by LiteraryChic View Post
So, my question to everyone is this: Do you still own a car? How do you balance your car/bike lifestyle? Do you feel any guilt? Please, share your thoughts on this lttle issue.
I skipped the massive paragraph and thought I'd answer the question you posed instead ...

Yes, Rowan and I own a motorised vehicle (a van). We have both gone through car-ownership-free periods in our lives, but circumstances are such where owning a motorised vehicle is necessary now for what we want to do.

Do we feel guilty about owning a motorised vehicle ... nope. Not at all. In fact, owning a motorised vehicle is great!! We can put the bicycles, and a whole bunch of other stuff, in the back of the van and travel all over the place.

On weekends we usually cycle in the area where we live at least one day, but on the other day we might drive up to about 100 km away to cycle in a different area. We're talking about where to go this weekend, and have several options, each approx. 70-80 km away.

And about once a month, we load everything into the van and drive to locations further afield for weekends away ... into the mountains, to the beach etc.

If we didn't own the van, we'd be stuck cycling in our local area, and while our local area is nice with quite a bit of variety in terrain etc., cycling the same routes over and over and over and over and over would be boring.

It would also be very difficult to do any shopping outside of what is available in our tiny, little town.


As it happens, since 2010 (with the exception of a several month trip around the world), we have lived in the town where we work, and my office is almost exactly 500 metres from our house ... so I walk ... 2 km/day. We also live about 400 metres from the main street where the shopping is, so we walk there too. Even the big hardware store is only about 700 metres away.

During the week, we don't do much driving at all ... lots of walking, and when there's more daylight in the evenings (very dark now because it is winter) we cycle some of our favourite local routes.

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Old 07-05-13, 04:32 AM
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The Living Car Free Forum includes a lot of people who are also "car lite". The latter now describes me after four years of being car free.
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Old 07-07-13, 01:27 AM
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I have no intention of giving up my Jeep, my Tacoma or my wife's Jeep Liberty.



I am not sure I follow the mutually exclusive thought train.

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Old 07-07-13, 08:12 AM
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Yep,a pair of jeeps here also,bride drives an 08 compass 45 miles a day to work and my 89 Cherokee sits at home while I bike to work,I have been an auto tech for 25 years now.
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I also skipped the MASSIVE paragraph too.

I think it is safe to say, that the MAJORITY OF US all have motorized vehicles to go along with our bikes.

Background the commuter, foreground the racer...



The mule and the one of the bicycles. I am going to to commute with either the bicycle , the sportbike, or the dam gas guzzling F150 ..

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Old 07-07-13, 09:12 AM
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is there a cliff notes version?
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Yes (I did read the OP story) I do have a car. I'd say the vast majority of readers of this forum have a motor vehicle.

For the questions, I hate driving to work, feel bad (not "guilty" more like "cheated") when I drive it for small errands, and I don't see any need for more than a cheap beater for my purposes. I use it for grocery shopping and family doctor appointments, and for any non-local trip I just rent something.
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I own a car and a truck. My wife and I have to have these due to the large amount of kid shuttling we do. However, I wish I could commute to work. We moved out here for the schools, and we own that decision. We also understand that we made a sacrifice every time we go to the movies, go to a store, or want to see live music. I am ENVIOUS of those fortunate souls who get to commute by cycle.
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Had a 2005 Vibe. Traded it in with a little over 300k mile on it when the odometer and radio both quit working and I was told about $800 to fix. First things other than routine maintenance the car needed.

Currently have a 2012 Ford Focus and a 1995 Ford Ranger. The Ranger gets maybe 1,000 miles a year when I'm buying something that won't fit on my bikes. My job requires me to drive and I put about 3,000 a month on the Focus. Outside of work I do very little driving. Mainly because after driving that much, when I get home I have no desire to drive anywhere.
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Old 07-07-13, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by LiteraryChic View Post
So, my question to everyone is this: Do you still own a car?
I've gone car-free about 2 years ago.

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How do you balance your car/bike lifestyle?
I was car-light for 4 years before I went car-free. When I was car-light I only used my car when making long distance trips out of town, 2-3 times per year. All my commuting to work, shopping ,errands was done by bicycle. Car would sit in a parking lot unused for most of the year, so I decided to get rid of it.

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Do you feel any guilt? Please, share your thoughts on this lttle issue.
No you should never feel guilty for owning a car or owning anything else...You should post this in LCF forum, most people on there are car-light, few are car-free, you might get some interesting replys.
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Old 07-07-13, 11:08 AM
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Riding a bike creates an environmental impact. It's only beneficial to the environment when done in place of driving a motor vehicle since it has lot less environmental impact than driving an equivalent distance.

FWIW: none of my riding takes the place of driving, and I even sometimes drive because of riding, to get to the start of an organized ride, make a quick trip to the LBS, etc.. So, all my riding is a net negative on the environment.
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Old 07-07-13, 03:30 PM
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Well, I sold my car last fall. I had put 50 miles on it in 8 years of ownership, and 30 of that was driving it home from where I bought it.

I read the entire novel. Too much info and not well-related to the question, "So, my question to everyone is this: Do you still own a car? How do you balance your car/bike lifestyle? Do you feel any guilt? Please, share your thoughts on this little issue."

Yes, ideally we would all be better off if we were on a planet without cars, one built for mass transit and lower energy consumption. However, we don't and we will sooner or later have to suffer the consequences. Until then, we are on a car-planet and must live within the constraints of it. Even car-free, all of my groceries, and the things that I buy, and my power require petroleum, coal and nuclear energy to arrive at my apartment.
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Old 07-10-13, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
is there a cliff notes version?
It's been edited.
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dayum, nice bikes.
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