Category: Car-free Lifestyle

Many millennials want to live in a downtown core where they don’t need to own a car. A car-free lifestyle can be fun and relaxing. It also comes with built-in exercise, something many Americans could use more of. Check out these articles about the joys and challenges of living without a car in a city.

A Brompton kickstand: this changes everything

A Brompton kickstand: this changes everything

Because I’ve chosen not to own a car, I want my bike to replace as many car functions as possible. Cargo capacity is a huge issue for tasks like grocery shopping and laundry. When I bought my Brompton folding bicycle, I bought a giant front bag for it. This bag holds an enormous amount of …

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Electric bike update: it’s for sale!

Electric bike update: it’s for sale!

I’ve had my electric bike in Florida for about a month now, so I thought I would post an update. And it might surprise you. Even though I vowed to use only the electric bike this summer while keeping the Brompton tucked away, I’ve taken the electric bike out a mere 3-4 times. There are several reasons. …

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The bike electric

The bike electric

My world is expanding. Why? Because my electric bicycle has arrived from Vermont, and I’m going to be riding it for the summer instead of my regular bike. What does that mean for me? With my regular bike, I don’t usually ride more than 5 miles away. This makes my effective range of activities at …

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Expenses related to living car-free

Expenses related to living car-free

So, you’ve decided to live without a car. Congratulations! What freedom, right? Consequently, unless your income has decreased, you also have more money. Awesome! So, what are the expenses related to living car-free? You’ve got lots of choices of what you can spend that extra money on. First, you might consider saving some of it …

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GRATITUDE: USF St. Pete’s Enterprise CarShare

GRATITUDE: USF St. Pete’s Enterprise CarShare

Today I am expressing gratitude for the Enterprise CarShare program at USF St. Pete. What a valuable service for the students and what a blessing that they share the program with the public. This program is similar to a car rental program, but you can rent the car by the day, overnight or just for a …

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Sick in the city (without a car)

Sick in the city (without a car)

When you don’t own a car, getting sick can be a hassle. Your doctor might be several miles away, and you don’t want the expense of going to the ER (if that happens to be closer). Usually this means, you take a “wait and see” approach to most illnesses. While the average person might rush to …

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Taking the bus isn’t scary

Taking the bus isn’t scary

There is a phenomena in this country that baffles me. If you live in New York City, you take public transportation all the time. Mostly the subway, but also other trains, buses, taxis, etc. I’m guessing the main idea behind doing this is that it would take you longer to reach your destination and be …

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Getting groceries without a car

Getting groceries without a car

One of the questions I get asked most frequently when I tell folks I don’t own a car is, “How do you go grocery shopping?” When I answer, “On my bike,” they generally look at me quite skeptically. I don’t bother to tell them that I twice carried a watermelon home on my bike from …

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