Category Archives: Benefits of being carfree

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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Check out Shareable.net

Today, we have an article featured on Shareable.net, “How to be a carfree family.” Those of you who are carfree, car-light, or just interested in the lifestyle should check it out and leave a comment. Jeremy Adam Smith also has … Continue reading

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