Car Free Life? good or bad..

Omagh, Northern Ireland
September 29, 2012 10:01am CST
Do you have a car? is it a necessity for your lifestyle,could you do without it,and have you done so? Could you give it up? what would have to change to make the change? If you live in a city,it seems a car is almost unnecessary,if public transport is an option..but for those of us outside a city,or with poor public transport links,the car is a requirement.So,if you had a car and had to give it up for whatever reason,what options would you have? could you get to work,go shopping,ferry the family around without it? what's your take on this ?
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@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Sep 12
Yes, I have a car. It really isn't a necessity but if I didn't have it my world would be horrid. I don't get around well and taking a bus to appointments means alot of walking I can't do now days. And taking a bus means leaving alot earlier and coming home alot later. Inconvenient and taxing on my strength.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Sep 12
I'd think having limited mobility would make the car a necessity for you..My Sister lives about 30 minutes from Me by car,I can go and visit on my day(s) off..If I was relying on public transport,I worked out that with the limited connection options available to Me,I could leave home on the first available bus at 8am,I could get to the town She lives in by around 2pm,but I'd have to leave again at 2:30 if I was planning on getting back home that day with the evening bus arriving at 5:30!
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@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Sep 12
So you'd have a half an hour to visit?
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
29 Sep 12
I have a car, I'm almost 2/10ths of a mile from the nearest bus stop and I can't walk that far. BESIDES, the bus system is so bad in town that it takes at least an hour to get downtown and then you normally have to change buses, yes - they have transfer passes, but if I wanted to go to, say, the Walmart near my house, I'd have to go down town or to one of the few other transfer sites to get the bus that goes there.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Sep 12
Yep,working around bus and other public transport connections is one PITA car owners don't have..on the other hand,we have parking to find and pay for once we get to the destination!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 Sep 12
Unless I'm going to a hospital, I'm pretty much good about not paying for the parking.
@bostonphil (4403)
• United States
29 Sep 12
I once had a car and was forced to give it up in 1989. I have not had a car since. I live in a city but I live in a city with only fair transportation. Not having a car has caused me to alter my lifestyle. There are some places that I am unable to get to and other places are so difficult to get to, I do not even try. I have stopped going socially at night because the bus stops running early. It is not necessary for me to have a car to enjoy a basic quality of life but my life is made more difficult without a car. I have had to give up going some places and doing some things but I have learned to live without those places and things. I enjoy the money that I save by not having a car.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Sep 12
You don't make use of taxis to fill the gaps that being car free has made?
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• United States
30 Sep 12
Taxis are too expensive for me. One of the reasons that I do not have a car is money. I had to give it up in 1989 because I could not afford to maintain it and I have never been able to afford a new one. Cars are expensive to buy and then to maintain. I am on a budget and taxis are too expensive where I live. I stick with public transport and if I can not get somewhere by taking the bus, then I do not go to that place. That is among the ways not having a car affects your life.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 12
I have a 3 year old daughter that is normal. I have a 5 year old son that is disabled. She was born in 2009 and he was born in 2007. I bought a car in 2006 but didn't pass my practical driving test in 2010. In my adult years from 1990 to 2010 I have been on local transport. It was so very hard when my disabled son went into a wheelchair because not all train stations were wheelchair accessible. Not all buses can take a person bound to a wheelchair. I push my disabled son to school in his wheelchair. My daughter is has to walk next to the wheelchair. From 1991 until 2005 I lived in a village and had to cycle 3 to 5 miles to go supermarket shopping. It was a struggle to cycle home with heavy shopping on my bike. Now I can go in my car and put the shopping in the car to bring it home. If my disabled son has a medical appointment in my local area I tend to drive him there. If the medical appointment is in Bristol or further away I go by train and bus. I only fill my car up with 40 pounds of petrol per month. Public transport can be poor and not all it suitable for my wheelchair bound son. Without a car my life would be challenging and I would have to only go to my nearest supermarket. When I moved here in 2005 I used to catch a bus and walk for 20 minutes to a low cost supermarket. I came back and the bus wouldn't accept me.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Sep 12
The bus wouldn't pick you up on your return journey? why was that,and what was the result?
@koopharper (6717)
• Canada
29 Sep 12
We have lived car free as a family for a period of time. It was doable. I thought it was funny when one of the news outlets in Toronto did a segment on a family living car free. They gave the family three public challenges to complete. They succeeded. Online reactions were mostly comments claiming the family's success was a fluke. My kids before they all saw the other comments made the same comment. "Why didn't they give them something difficult to do?" The challenges were as follows. 1) Bring one of the young children's bikes to the shop for repairs. 2) Pick up the entire week's groceries in one go. 3) Dress up in nice clothes and cycle to the waterfront for a family photo shoot. We live close to that right now. The van is used to go to church, haul groceries and if the weather is really bad take me to work. Public transit has been locked out here since the beginning of the summer. There are no buses.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Sep 12
So you no longer have a car,but still have a van? How did that family that was given the Challenge manage with the kid's bike repair?
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• Canada
1 Oct 12
I think it was a simple flat tire but the challenge required them to bring it to the bicycle repair shop. I'm thinking that there wasn't actually anything wrong with it. They had a small bicycle trailer and they just laid it on top of that and carried it to the bike shop. A flat tire I could easily fix on the side of the road (unless it's raining out). Come to think of it there are a lot of things I could fix on the side of the road. The cargo trailer was also used to haul the week's groceries. When we did our shopping by bicycle my daughter was three and we had a trailer for her. She got used to riding around with groceries or equipment piled up around her ears.
• China
30 Sep 12
It depends on if you need it and can afford it.I can't drive much less having a car.I don't think the car does me any good.I am retired and live in a city.The supermarkets and varieties of stores are all within walking distance,not to speak of the convenient public transport.I reckon the car is a must for people who live in the suburbs and work in the city.