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Car free all the way

Old 08-17-20, 04:29 PM
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Car free all the way

Never owned or driven a car, neither had my wife... I'm 52.. Sometimes was a bit too difficult with two kids , but ..anyway.. I'm planning on getting my driving license...
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Old 08-17-20, 05:42 PM
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Wow that's an impressive run. Are you nervous about operating a motor vehicle? It seems like that would be intimidating late in life, particularly big city driving. Maybe even freeway.
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Old 08-26-20, 03:30 PM
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I guess it would depend where you live. Is public transportation handy?
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Old 08-27-20, 04:37 PM
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Get the book "How to live well without a car" by Chris Balish

https://www.amazon.com/How-Live-Well.../dp/1580087574
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Old 09-03-20, 02:57 PM
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Married with children? the demands are different..
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I never drove either. no way I would ever attempt it now my mind wanders too much and my reflexes are too slow. Not even good with a mirror
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Old 01-02-21, 04:17 PM
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I am not car free all the way, but at 41 I've never had a license! I'm fact in the last 7 years I have bought 5 vehicles...and only "drove" 2 lol
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Old 02-10-21, 09:58 AM
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I'm from super rural Indiana so I definitely have driven A LOT but I'm car free in Boston now. Last year I drove ~65 miles- 50 to move here from Rhode Island and 15 doing a few loops when I moved across town.
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Old 02-13-21, 12:57 AM
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I didn't get a drivers license until I was 30 but I had a motorcycle permit in my 20's. Between 33 and 53 I drove all over the country. Now I am mostly car free. If I drive once a year that is a lot. I have stretches where I don't drive for 5 years straight. I go into the Enterprise Rental office with sweaty palms and I wonder if I've forgotten how to even get it out of the parking lot but it all comes back by the time I push the START button on the dash. Learning to drive after as long as the o.p. was idle doesn't sound like the best idea ever. I hope they thought better of it.
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Old 02-13-21, 07:13 AM
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Wow! How did you make that? Is public transportation well prepared for everything in your area?

I would love to hear more about your history!
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Old 02-14-21, 03:10 PM
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How do you get groceries or go to work? I’m asking because I’m intrigued. Not being silly either. I would love to make time “slow down” and getting back to basics is how you do it.
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Old 02-17-21, 05:28 PM
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Public transportation is well prepared for most things in Portland, OR. Ironically, the 20 years I was a car owner were spent in NYC. I could not actually use the car to commute to work there, that would have been insanity. It was used only on weekends for shopping etc. Presently I have a large Fred Meyer to the West (.75mi) and a much smaller Safeway to the East (.5mi). I have a Bob Yak trailer for weekend shopping. Backpacks for mid-week pickups. I recently bought a Mongoose Envoy and it can carry almost as much as the trailer when both panniers are attached. We have a foot of (melting) snow on the ground (a very rare occurrence) so I had to walk to the FM and back yesterday.
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