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Old 04-14-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I firmly believe that cars are huge drain on any family resources so I use mine as little as possible riding a bicycle instead to satisfy my transportation needs in my small town. Were I to live where mass transit was available I wouldn't own a vehicle at all.

"Growing up as a teenager in the suburbs, I believed cars were a source of independence. Yet, over the years, I've come to see cars as a symptom of cultural sickness. In college, I decided to save money by not purchasing a car and found that I also escaped worries of shoveling the snow from around its tires, finding parking, and arguing with mechanics."

No Car, No Problem: The Benefits of Car-Free Living | Environment | AlterNet

 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:22 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I'd love too but it would be impossible where I live. 2 mile walk to the train station, 5 mile walk from the station to work. That would take forever.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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I firmly believe that cars are huge drain on any family resources so I use mine as little as possible riding a bicycle instead to satisfy my transportation needs in my small town. Were I to live where mass transit was available I wouldn't own a vehicle at all.

"Growing up as a teenager in the suburbs, I believed cars were a source of independence. Yet, over the years, I've come to see cars as a symptom of cultural sickness. In college, I decided to save money by not purchasing a car and found that I also escaped worries of shoveling the snow from around its tires, finding parking, and arguing with mechanics."

No Car, No Problem: The Benefits of Car-Free Living | Environment | AlterNet
Best thing we ever did was adopting a car-lite lifestyle. We moved to a community that allows our family to get around by foot, bike, or public transportation most of the time. Our one older car is long paid off and cheap to register and insure. Fuel and maintenance bills are minimal because the car is so lightly used. If we hadn't done it, I don't know that I would have believed it was possible for a suburban family, but here we are doing just fine.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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I wish I could do this. I hate driving!!
 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I'd love too but it would be impossible where I live. 2 mile walk to the train station, 5 mile walk from the station to work. That would take forever.
In reality the time to travel 2 miles , or 5 miles, on a bike is very short compared to walking. At times a bike is FASTER than a car over the same distance.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I wish I could do this. I hate driving!!
Don't settle for wishing. Figure ways to DO IT!
 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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I firmly believe that cars are huge drain on any family resources so I use mine as little as possible riding a bicycle instead to satisfy my transportation needs in my small town. Were I to live where mass transit was available I wouldn't own a vehicle at all.

"Growing up as a teenager in the suburbs, I believed cars were a source of independence. Yet, over the years, I've come to see cars as a symptom of cultural sickness. In college, I decided to save money by not purchasing a car and found that I also escaped worries of shoveling the snow from around its tires, finding parking, and arguing with mechanics."

No Car, No Problem: The Benefits of Car-Free Living | Environment | AlterNet
I am so frugal that my car cost me barely over ($30 or so) what it would cost to have a monthly bus pass. I am happy with the freedom my car gives me, so I say no thanks to a car free lifestyle.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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In reality the time to travel 2 miles , or 5 miles, on a bike is very short compared to walking. At times a bike is FASTER than a car over the same distance.
Wait a second. I work approximately 5-6 miles away. It takes me 12 minutes at most to get there. I would love to see you do that on a bicycle.

 
Old 04-14-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I firmly believe that cars are huge drain on any family resources so I use mine as little as possible riding a bicycle instead to satisfy my transportation needs in my small town. Were I to live where mass transit was available I wouldn't own a vehicle at all.

"Growing up as a teenager in the suburbs, I believed cars were a source of independence. Yet, over the years, I've come to see cars as a symptom of cultural sickness. In college, I decided to save money by not purchasing a car and found that I also escaped worries of shoveling the snow from around its tires, finding parking, and arguing with mechanics."

No Car, No Problem: The Benefits of Car-Free Living | Environment | AlterNet
Yours is the ideal situation, Tightwad. And in fact, since 93 percent of the population of this country lives in towns with a population of 50,000 or greater, it is infinitely doable for the majority.

Sadly, however, for the remaining 7 percent of us who live in a rural environment, not having a car at our disposal would be folly at best. I live 17 miles from the nearest grocery store and there is nothing resembling public transit available to me. I wish that it were different, but until our country decides that caring for the wellbeing of its citizens is more important than blowing up people from other countries in the name of "freedom", we are stuck with the system we have, unfortunately.

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Old 04-14-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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I live 20 miles from work with no transit available. Even if it was it would take me hours to get to work vs. the 25 mins it takes me now. I'll keep my car, it's worth more than the $40 or $50 I would save monthly going without it (and that assumes public transit is free which it's not).
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