Where I live now we only have 1 car and my fear/dislike of driving holds me back but with my youngest now entering school, I see the pressure ramping up to drive. Its hard to manage play dates or anything because things are just so spread out. What bus service we have is not terribly and actually pretty costly, to get into the city here is $10 Rt on the bus, yes $10. So from a cost perspective its not a good deal at all, which bugs me.
We also lived car-free in San Juan, PR which sucked pretty hard core. The transportation system there is awful...there's just no telling when a bus is going to come, and they don't have a very far extension outside of the immediate city. Taxis were fairly cheap though.
I'm car-free in a town of 75,000 ppl outside of Vancouver, BC. The population count is misleading because we have miles and miles of farm land that they include in that total, plus the fact that my town is split into quarters. There is a really terrible bus system in place but I opt to walk. Because the town is in quarters, just about everything I need (bank, groceries, doctor, etc) are all well within walking distance.
If I desperately need to go to one of the other quarters I'm usually already going with someone who has a car. If not, I'll sometimes call up my mom/dad/sister and see if one of them is available to take me since they have vehicles.
I enjoy the money I save by being car-free (plus they don't let people with random seizures, like me, drive. teehee).
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In what way do you experience trouble/challenge regarding driving through SPD if I may ask? I'm genuinely curious, because I belong in this tribe too, and I am not so sure why (even just) being in a car makes me so uncomfortable, or at I least havn't figured out every reason behind this.
I'm a US expat in Canberra, Australia and it's a great place to be car-free! Especially if you're willing to bike - great network of bicycle paths. Public transport okay from my experience but haven't had to rely on it too much. Going on five years without a car here (now with 14 month old DS).
Car-Free in Jamaica Plain. That's Boston, MA and TTC in January 2012. I hope to be car free forever. I do a lot of at-home work as well as nannying part-time around the corner from me. Baby and I walk to nearby grocery, bank, etc. I absolutely love it. I cycle a lot (without baby) to get around the city, but when I'm staying in the neighborhood, I walk. I can also take the commuter rail to my mom's area.
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Im in the scared to drive catagory. I can drive (or should that be could) and did when neccesary in England but once i moved to Texas I would only drive on the dirt roads where we lived in the boonies. Now that we live in San Antonio Im terrified. i get upset even as a passenger! This has been incredibly isolating as the sidewalks end abruptly the drivers have never heard of pedestrians and the distance between average house and grocery store is monstrous. oh and the bus is beyond sucky! I was majority car free in Bristol England because it was easier to walk/bus/train than drive... Now we're trapped from the time DH goes to work to when he comes home. He's bee a rock and does anything he can for me. We're moving to a better walkscore...69 from 0 and I think Im going to do something about my phobia. Now If I could just get people to quit trying to kill me on the cross walk when they turn right on red at 60mph. seriously.... its like they thought that traffic rule up to reduce the walking population!
I live in Portland, OR and am car-free! I don't have a driver's license (partly 'cause I'm scared, and partly 'cause I've never really needed one). I bike, bus, or walk most places. We have ZipCar here, and my boyfriend has an account so occasionally we use that -- for trips out of town, or when we moved and needed to buy some furniture. It's definitely easy to be car-free here.
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We have a trailer to tote our 2.5 year old around in, i love it, she likes her space. Just wish it was warmer.....
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