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Old 05-02-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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After a bad car wreck, I have been rethinking getting another car. I figured out the cost of another car with the expense etc and I don't know if I want to have to deal with all that again.

I know people who ride their bicycles around Lakeland and thought that might be the way to go. Not only is it great exercise but the upkeep is a lot less than a car. Also if I need to get to some place I can't ride a bike to, I can always rent a car for a couple of days.

Is it possible to survive here without a car? I have most of what I need within easy reach and the place I am going to take classes from is right down the street. My thought is, the course lasts 8 months and then they will place me in a job. By then, I will have everything done with my settlement from the accident and I can decide if I want to keep things as they are or I want to buy a car.

Any advice from people who ride a bicycle around Lakeland would be appreciated. Is it possible to get to most places. Right now, I live in South Lakeland.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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After a bad car wreck, I have been rethinking getting another car. I figured out the cost of another car with the expense etc and I don't know if I want to have to deal with all that again.

I know people who ride their bicycles around Lakeland and thought that might be the way to go. Not only is it great exercise but the upkeep is a lot less than a car. Also if I need to get to some place I can't ride a bike to, I can always rent a car for a couple of days.

Is it possible to survive here without a car? I have most of what I need within easy reach and the place I am going to take classes from is right down the street. My thought is, the course lasts 8 months and then they will place me in a job. By then, I will have everything done with my settlement from the accident and I can decide if I want to keep things as they are or I want to buy a car.

Any advice from people who ride a bicycle around Lakeland would be appreciated. Is it possible to get to most places. Right now, I live in South Lakeland.
We don't live there anymore, but if you live in the core of town you can EASILY do without a car. We lived near Southgate shopping center, where they are building a nice new Publix. There are also restaurants and a big hardware store there. Everything I needed was in walking distance, also Lake Hollingsworth, where they have a walking, biking path. In fact that neighborhood has a high "walk score." There is also a really good bus system in Lakeland - the Citrus Connection. So really, living in the core of town is easier if you want to do without a car. Plenty of people do it.

Hope this helps!
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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It does. I know where that is. I have noticed how many more sidewalks and bike paths are being put in. A friend told me about the Citrus Connection now has a bike rack in front of the bus. I live right across from Mulberry but there are so many side streets where I can avoid heavy traffic.

I am going to give it a shot. After all you only live once and I would like to see what it is like without a car.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:10 PM
 
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It was just reported that Florida is the most deadliest state to ride a bicycle in. You might want to keep that in mind.

You have a lot of elderly and poorly trained drivers in this state.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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Saying that Florida is the deadliest state is a bit of a stretch. Since a lot of Florida is still rural. I wonder if they got their info from the Miami and Orlando area. Both places where I wouldn't ride a bicycle in. I hate going to either place in a car. People seem to make up their own rules for the road.

Lakeland doesn't have the heavy traffic like Miami and Orlando do. I can go down several roads to avoid the few that are heavily traveled.

I think anyone whether they are riders of bicycles or drivers of cars should pay attention to what they are doing. The people that scare me the most are the idiots who drive and try to talk or text on the cell phone. Unless you are a member of Obama's cabinet and we are about to be hit with a nuclear weapon you have no business being on a dang cell phone while driving. That is right up there with people who apply makeup, read maps, read books, or eat while driving. Pull over and do all that and then get back on the road.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:40 AM
 
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Get Your Walk Score - A Walkability Score For Any Address

This site isn't totally accurate, but it should give you a rough idea of how easily you could get around without a car.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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I wish you the best of luck doing this and hope you blog about it

Personally, I don't think I could do it, unless I lived smack in the middle of a city like Boston or NY,
with plenty of subways and trains. Not only do I have to have a working vehicle in the driveway, I need 2, in case one goes down.
I only drive when necessary, but I need to know I can get out if needed. I am a control freak

We have a lot of storms in the summer. Does that concern you?
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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It was in the paper a few days ago and Florida is number one in deadly bike accidents in the US ,and it happens in rural areas as well.

If you read TB online you will see it is a weekly occurance here.

Many times they are hit and runs.

The only safe place to ride is on a bike path.
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