Category Archives: Going and staying carfree

True Life Stories of the Carfree: Leigh and her family of four, West suburbs of Chicago

How is it August already? Our summer has been so filled with fun that we keep getting too distracted to write about. Instead, we’ve got another carfree family for inspiration for us and all of you. Leigh writes below about … 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

Posted in Benefits of being carfree, Biking, Cambridge and Boston area, Problems and issues, Public transportation | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Benefits of being carfree, Biking, Going and staying carfree, How-to, Public transportation, True Life Stories of the Carfree | 8 Comments

Learning to bike as a grown-up — reader advice please

A friend and sometimes commenter here recently sent a note asking for help and encouragement. She never learned to ride a bike as a kid and wants to learn how now, but she’s getting frustrated. I have a few thoughts, … Continue reading

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On marriage, parenting, biking and blame

A few weeks ago, Angela got into an accident with our brand spanking new bakfiets. She caught the front wheel in a really bad pothole turning onto a poorly maintained street/alley near H’s Hebrew school. They went over hard. There … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Problems and issues | 12 Comments

A warm bikey glow

Last weekend, a collection of cargo and family bike folks gathered at our place. Aaron Naparstek, streetsblog founder, is here in Cambridge instead of Brooklyn for the year, and he and I put together the event to contribute to the … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Cambridge and Boston area, Links and reviews, Living locally | 6 Comments

On sometimes driving.

With one notable exception*, most of our living is done within a couple miles of our home. R’s daycare is about six blocks away. H’s school is about four blocks away. Groceries are about a mile away in Porter Square … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge and Boston area, Car sharing, Problems and issues | 5 Comments

Unpredictable Driving

Angela and I are both mathematicians. Inevitably, when either of us mentions math, either that we do math, teach math, or studied math, the response we get more often than not is “Oh, I hate math.” You get used to … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Cambridge and Boston area, Problems and issues, Sharing roads and paths | 15 Comments

Kids’ walking personalities

Rebecca wrote a great post recently at Green Baby Guide that got me thinking about the impact of kids personalities on walking for transport with small children. Rebecca is a carfree mom with a fantastically unmotivated walker, and she bemoans the constant … Continue reading

Posted in Child-related issues, Problems and issues, Walking | 6 Comments

What we ride

I thought it might be useful for readers to know in more detail what bike gear we use to ride with our kids. Sure, we ride our cargo bikes, but we also ride (and have ridden) several other more standard … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Biking with cargo, Biking with kids, Child-related issues, Links and reviews, Our Xtracycle | 23 Comments