Category Archives: Benefits of being carfree

An update on our carfree life now (elementary aged kids)

It’s been years since we’ve written here regularly. But we’re still here. The kids are bigger. The jobs, commutes, and schools have changed. Our house is still tiny and we still don’t own a car or drive on a regular … Continue reading

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bikepool

About two and a half years ago, my job situation changed and I took on a massive commute. I make a 50-mile 2 & 1/4 hour one-way trip by subway and train (sometimes bike & train) to get to work. … Continue reading

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Barriers to biking

When I talk to people about getting around more by bike, or any efforts to move towards less car dependence (but here the more relevant aspect is biking), I often say that even if things seem more inconvenient at first, … Continue reading

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True Life Stories of the Carfree: Annee, Moses, and their 5 kids, near Portland, OR

We’re thrilled to bring you another installment of our continuing series on carfree families, this time featuring a Carfree Family who recently won an Alice Award for outstanding bicycle acheivement! If your family is carfree, we all need your inspiration, so drop … Continue reading

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Unintentional Community

In the sort of circles we travel in, there is often talk of “intentional community” and it is always considered a good thing. Sometimes “intentional community” is discussed in the context of “co-housing,” where folks own individual homes, but pool resources … Continue reading

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True Life Stories of the Carfree — Stacy, Brent, London (9), Elliot (7), Avery(4) & Oliver (1), Huntington WV

As the third in our series about families living carfree (that aren’t us, see also part I and part II), we have a wonderful contribution from Stacy, a mom of four (four!). Her family decreased from two cars to one … Continue reading

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Actually, we can’t afford a car

We actively choose to live our lives without a car.  When our truck died, way back in 2004, we probably could have found enough money to get another one if we’d really wanted to.  We wouldn’t have been happy about … Continue reading

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Springtime in the Bike Lane

Winter is a hard time of year for those of us who don’t drive. Now, it’s also hard for folks who drive, and at least we don’t have to dig a car out after storms or drive all over town … Continue reading

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In Praise of Car-Light Families

Occasionally, we worry that people get the wrong idea about us. I know that some readers out there probably think that we are environmental extremists, going to absurd lengths for our carfree cause. But to be honest, we’re fairly lazy … Continue reading

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These are the people in your neighborhood

It was a beautiful New England fall day yesterday. Lots of folks were out and about in our neighborhood, and by the end of the day, I was reflecting on the riches living locally has brought to our life. We … Continue reading

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