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Surviving carfree babyhood

We recently got an interesting comment from Charlotte of Chic Cyclist, on the thread about how we gave up our car. Charlotte writes: “some vestigial teenager in me clings to the ‘option’ of having a car somewhere, just in case. … Continue reading

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Small Living

We live in a small condo, about 660 square feet, 36 square feet of which is an unheated porch off of the master bedroom. We moved here from a 450-square-foot awkwardly-arranged apartment when our daughter was almost a year old. … Continue reading

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Making Choices: Frugality, the Environment, or Social Justice

I stumbled into the carfree lifestyle because I’m a cheapskate. I’m allergic to spending money, and cars drink up a lot of money. I get to feel overly proud of not owning a car because I’m being environmentally responsible. Living … Continue reading

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Introducing our new xtracycle kid seat!

We’ve written before about our problems with the peapod seat for the xtracycle, that primarily stemmed from incompatibility with the our small bike frame frame (Angela is 5′ 1″….what can you do?). Then, a generous offer from Rob Hanson on … Continue reading

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Costs of Car Ownership, Part II

In addition to the costs in time and money, there are other, less quantifiable costs of car ownership. These may be personal costs or costs to society at large. Mental and Emotional Costs The car is one more thing you … Continue reading

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Costs of car ownership, part I

Those of us who go carfree or car-light often do so because of the high costs of car ownership. So I thought it would be a good idea to spend a some time detailing those costs, which look to me … Continue reading

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But is it safe?

The most common question I get about biking with my daughter is whether or not it is safe. I’ve also noticed that on any thread on any forum or list that addresses biking with kids, someone says some version of … Continue reading

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XtraCycle Specs

To follow up Angela’s introduction to our new cargo & kid bike, here are some details and thoughts for others who might like to try this set up. I got advice from local xtracycle riders (including Cambridge City Counsilor Craig … Continue reading

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Cost of Living in Cambridge vs. the Cost of a Car

One interesting tradeoff that we’ve used to make our lives car-free is to trade housing costs for automobile costs. The only reason that we can afford to live in a condo in Cambridge, MA, is that we don’t have to … Continue reading

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Surprising Benefits from Being Car Free

One surprising benefit of being car free has been the reduction of choice in our lives. This might seem counter intuitive in a world in which more choices are assumed to make us happier. But making choices takes a lot … Continue reading

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