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Living without a Car. by tucsonmike on 10 April 2011 6:45pm
I know, Mr. P is interested in trying to keep things green.
We decided to get rid of our car and I take the bus to work. With Elaine having physical problems, during the week she doesn't venture out of our apartment complex and the shopping center on the corner.
For the most part, I only used the car to go to work. In other words, when you add in roughly 4-500 dollars a month, it sat in a parking lot virtually all the time, plus it needed major work. I like the idea of a $35 bus pass better and that is unlimited for the month.
I would rather use the money to travel then complain about not having money to travel.
Re: Living without a Car. by Lounge Trekker on 10 April 2011 8:08pm
Good call, Mike. If I lived in a bigger city with acceptable alternatives to the vehicle based lifestyle, I would definitely try that route. It would be liberating, and I would learn about myself.

Re: Living without a Car. by suzulu on 11 April 2011 12:49am
I have never had a car (don't drive, anyway) - it's easy to travel around London by underground or bus - but on saying that the bus service where I live is not that good!
Re: Living without a Car. by kazzzz on 11 April 2011 3:25am
Good for you Mike. Cars are terribly expensive. I have a car but don't use it a lot, I tend to combine errands so that i can make one trip rather than several.
That being said, Ausrtalia is a pretty hard place to live without a car. the public transport system is dire. I have at many times been without a car for various reasons, when my kids were very small I lived in a country area without a car and it was very hard to even do the basics, like get bread and milk.
I hate cars, I hate the traffic and the other drivers are really aggressive ( much more so here than in london) and I love it when I can walk rather than drive.
Re: Living without a Car. by ev on 11 April 2011 9:15am
I'll second what kaz said re. public transport in Australia.. hard to get by without a car unless you live right in an inner city area.. also Australia has never been too supportive of cyclists..

That's one aspect of Germany that I really like - good public transport system, and an extensive network of cycle paths over practically the whole country..
Re: Living without a Car. by perfectbitch on 11 April 2011 7:28pm
I gave up my car nearly 2 years ago and don't regret it one bit. I can always rent one if I need to but that hasn't happened yet.

Re: Living without a Car. by tucsonmike on 12 April 2011 3:23am
For certain situations, we can rent one. To drive to Tombstone or Bisbee we carpool anyway.
Re: Living without a Car. by kazzzz on 12 April 2011 4:14am
Tombstone, wot an ace name that is!
Re: Living without a Car. by suzulu on 12 April 2011 2:15pm
Re: Living without a Car. by tucsonmike on 13 April 2011 2:45am
Here is the link from Wikipedia.

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