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.

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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The speed of life

The speed of life

I have noticed something interesting since returning to a car-free lifestyle. I don’t enjoy being on highways as much as I once did. They make me nervous, and I wonder how all those speeding missiles manage to avoid each other as they maneuver (sometimes erratically) between the narrow lanes. My mother doesn’t like highways either. …

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New Years in the city

New Years in the city

One of my absolute favorite parts of living in a city without a car is that I don’t have to worry about parking. Parking is the bane of my existence. While I understand the concept of parallel parking, I’ve never actually done it successfully. In fact, I failed my first driving test because I scraped …

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