…life without a car?
If you’re lucky enough to own (or have access to) a car, it’s pretty hard to imagine life without it. The convenience of getting from A to B, quickly, and comfortably is addictive. Since I hardly drive my car anymore (except on the weekends, or when I have to in order to make an appointment) I’ve learned to do just fine without it. However, it’s still there if I want to drive (and not ride) to a squash match, or if we want to take the dogs to Esquimalt. Could we go without it totally?
My girlfriend and I live in James Bay, so we’re close to a supermarket, video store, 4 or 5 coffee shops, a liquor store, drug store, pizza place, floral shop, dentist’s office, etc. If all I had to do was bike to work, I could spend the rest of my day on foot, and life wouldn’t be much different.
Rozie, this super cool girl I work with, was raised with her sister, in a “carless” family until she was 7! Her parents drove her to school on their bikes, and a trip to the grocery store was a bit more of an event, because they had to cart the food home afterwords. Rozie’s folks worked from home, which was a huge bonus, but they still had 2 kids, and made it just fine without a car.
Maybe my goal after this year is up, will be to go a year without riding in a car?
Global Warming: 0