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Old 09-08-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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Probably. We make do just fine with one.

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How would you haul all the groceries and other goodies home without a car?
In the winter we have groceries delivered, and in the summer we use a bike trailer.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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When I chose a place to live, I looked for a place I would not need a car. I live in safe and affordable housing, 20 minutes walk from a supermarket, 10 minutes from a library, a block from a bus stop with a bus every half hour to anywhere else I need to go. Transport to work is not an issue, I'm retired.

I can comfortably carry about 12-15 pounds of groceries, and I walk to the store as often as I need to. The heat index has been over 100 every day since the beginning of June, right up to last week. Last summer, the actual temperature was over 100 on 33 days. You get used to it.

I've been here 3 years, I no longer have a car.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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It would take me 3 hours to walk to work (one way), versus 20 minutes with a car.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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^^ That's all well and good, but when your shopping gross amount exceeds your pedal power or the excessive cost of delivery or distance from the store you think about it.

I could not even think about how much we hauled home this past week if we didn't have a vehicle. If we did the cost would be prohibitive.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:01 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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This is a real stupid question and I'm real tired of seeing it asked in this forum, the frugal living, and the great debate forum.

Go to China, India, or Mexico and see how "easily" people get around due to bike riders.

If you want to live in a 3 mile radius bubble by all means, live an extremely repetitive boring life. In fact, I applaud it so you don't get in my way while driving.

Myself, I enjoy going to places where there is no way in holy hell you can not drive a car too. I enjoy the beach ALOT. Am I suppose to lug around my boggieboard onto a bus and sit there like a moron for an hour + drive?

Can you avoid using a vehicle for errands? Of course but this assumption alot of people on this forum have with "cars aren't a necessity" is flat out ignorant.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I wouldn't be able to survive without a vehicle in Phoenix. I commute 30 minutes +- each day to work and there is no public transportation anywhere near my home. I'll keep my 13 mpg truck.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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while i could do without my car, i would have to make a number of changes, starting with two of my doctors. i would however need a bicycle at least though. the bus system here in tucson is not the greatest.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: at work!
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40 miles to work, 400 to see the family and dogshows all over the country.
Other than that I could do without. I try to ride my bike a lot. Got to get it fixed though!
Need car for antique shopping too!!
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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We could technically live car-free, but my wife's commute time would quadruple. We don't have time for her to wait for a bus to get her back and forth at its own leisure.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I can't drive because of a disability, so I guess I can get along without a car just fine. Like jturl88, I chose where I live carefully, so that I'm near public transit and basic amenities like a grocery store.

Unfortunately, as illustrated by Dub D's post above, those who don't drive are often viewed as 2nd class citizens.
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