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How come you're carfree or carlight?

Old 07-30-15, 02:47 PM
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I am not car-free but bike commute most days and have cut my driving in half since I started 8 years ago. So I guess that I qualify as car-lite. I have many motivations:
- Fitness and overall health
- Losing and maintaining weight
- Saving money spent on gas, parking and car expenses
- Doing my share to help reduce air pollution and energy consumption
- I love to cycle and commuting gives me another excuse
- Keeps me in shape for bike touring, my favorite way to travel
- I simply feel better mentally and emotional after I ride

Regarding energy/environmental issues, I have worked in the environmental field almost my entire career in way or another. Bike commuting is a way for me to walk the talk. I don't preach to people about environmental causes, and believe that actions speak louder than words. However, even if I wasn't concerned about environmental issues, I have enough other reasons to keep me motivated for riding.
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I am unable to be carfree due to my work, but outside of work I try to not touch the car. Weekends are tough since we run errands to multiple places, but it becomes almost a game to see if I can keep from using the car at all.
Once we are back without kids, car use will drop even more. If I were able to work closer to my house, that'd be incredible, but it hasn't happened yet.

I do it because-
- I enjoy the challenge. It isn't easy with a busy family to balance activities and schedules with riding a bike everywhere.
- Its healthy. The busier my family gets, the less time/energy I have to dedicate specifically to exercise.
- Its fun. I have always loved riding a bike. I used to ride everywhere when I was younger and its carried over into adulthood. Its freeing. Its challenging. Its rewarding.

The downside- its 90deg out right now and riding even a mile makes you sweat.
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I'm really more of a commuter than car light. I figure I have to get to work somehow and a bike seems like the right tool for the job. The fact that it keeps me active and fit are bonus.
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Originally Posted by Bug Shield View Post
I'm really more of a commuter than car light. I figure I have to get to work somehow and a bike seems like the right tool for the job. The fact that it keeps me active and fit are bonus.
+1. Why use a sledge hammer when you need a wooden mallet?
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Have you been successful at "becoming rich"? Know anybody who has "become rich" by this method?

I suppose it all depends on how you want to define "become rich", eh?
As I wrote this is what I usually answer when asked why I don't have a car. My motivations are of course a lot more complex. On my first job my daily commute led through some beautifull natural reserves, and seeing nature awake in during my morning comute was quite rewarding in itself.

But when people aks my why I cycle to work they usually expect to get a lecture on how good it is for your healt, for the environment etc... I like to rattle them a little. make them think about how much their mobility habits really cost them financially.

And yes, it has been a financially wise decision for me. On my first job I had a commute that took me 1h15 minutes each way. Asked if I didn't find that a waste of time I told people that it was like having a second job. One that paid even better per hour than my first job. Now owning a car is how I managed to always spend less then I earned, and that is how you get rich slowly...
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