Category Archives: Problems and issues

Winter Toddler Transport

Winter, especially the kind of winter we had around here (in January anyway) can pose some problems for the carfree family. It comes with obvious perks, like not having to find parking or dig out a car, but it can be … Continue reading

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Parking Permits for the Carfree

Like many other Cambridge residents, we recently had to renew our parking permit. Yes, we get a parking permit, but it’s a temporary pass which we let visitors use, since our condo has only residential street parking available. This year … 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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Carseats for the Carfree: Travel Vest vs. Backless Booster

A while back, we said we’d be picking up the Ride Safer Travel Vest (about $120 — careful, that link has really annoying music) for H and promised to report back. We got it, and then it sat around not … Continue reading

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Being Carfree Means Being More Visible

Americans spend an average of 15 hours a week in a car, at least according to this Arbitron study. That’s like two hours a day! Here at Carfree with Kids, we don’t spend any average time in a car — … Continue reading

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How I really feel about ipods

A couple months ago, when Angela wrote about courtesy between folks using different modes of transport, a spat broke out in our comments that got me thinking. John writes: I am very much in agreement with your statement that faster … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Problems and issues, Public transportation, Sharing roads and paths, Walking | 15 Comments

Suburban Friends and the Carfree Family

We got a really great question on the When you really need a car post. BusChick writes (somewhat edited here): “The biggest driver (pun intended) of car use for us is visiting friends. My family lives in the city, and … Continue reading

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Winter with a Toddler and No Car

Being a carfree parent in the wintertime makes me want a minivan and easy access to a McDonalds PlayPlace. In the summertime, we can walk to several parks and to the pool, or just enjoy playing at the end of … 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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