RE: [CarFree] any non-drivers?
- I'm not sure if I'm a non-driver or not. I hold a full driving
licence but have not driven since I passed my driving test in 1985.
(That's not quite true; I had a few 'refresher' lessons in 1988 but
only drove alone a few times) I have MS and should inform the
licensing authority of this. They will probably then rescind and
reissue my licence, which will then need regular renewal rather than
remaining valid to age 70.
The reality is I don't drive and I have arranged my life so that I
don't need to drive.
Helen D. Vecht
Somewhere around North-West London
- I'm 19 and don't really want my license. I know how to drive dune buggies,
go carts, dirtbikes and quads, and I don't think that driving a car would be
much different, I just don't want all the hassle, expense, and damage that
comes with owning a car. I also work next to the main post office in town
and a busy intersection, and I constantly see the problems that cars create.
I'm lucky in that my main job is a short bike ride away, but my other job can
take from 1-4 hours to get to, depending on the time of day (public
transportation is very sporadic in the late evening hours). I'm getting
ready to start cycling at least one way...it's only about 30 miles, but I
need to get panniers for my bike first since backpacks bother me on long road
rides. I like to consider myself car free, but I do accept rides from
friends, especially if they're goin in the same direction
>We kept a car which we used for maybe 20% of our joint trips....distance
> > What I want to know: is there anyone here who is in the somewhat
> > unique (and maybe even unfortunate (?)) situation of being a
> > non-driver? I am one of those people and I am trying to work around
> > this obstacle.
> I don't have a license and haven't had one for about 10 years. I sold my car
> when I got laid off a job which required it and 40% work-time travel around
> Chicago. I changed fields, worked a mile or so from home and took public
> transport. I just never particularly liked driving. Liked biking or sitting
> on a bus or a train reading enroute to wherever better. My husband also took a
> combo of public transport and company van to his job in the Chicago suburbs. A
> van picked-up people at the end of the el line out near O'Hare Airport.
shopping,late night clubbing, etc.and he used it to go camping. Most shopping was
within walking distance, even our veterinarian was less than a half mile away and
supermarkets delivered big orders!.
Now we have to live in North Carolina because his job moved here. I bike to work
and to minor errands, to the gym, to the library. However, because everything is
so s-p-a-c-e-d o-u-t, I'd say we use the car on probably 85% of our shopping,
errands, dogs to vet, etc. trips.
Were I here on my own, I'd have to get a car. But, were it not for my husband's
job, I'd never be in a place like this, so the "on my own" is a moot point!
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- I don't have *any* affiliation with Jandd, aside from being a very satisfied
Go to http://www.jandd.com/ and order a catalog. Go to your local bike shop and
demand that they sell you what you want. Hopefully there's a Jandd dealer in
the area already - if not, you can make a convert.
If you don't have a pile of cash to spend on cloth panniers, go to
http://www.olywa.net/leveen/cobbworks.html and order a set of bucket panniers -
*waterproof* and cheap. Very nice, too, and you can put bumper stickers on
Come to think of it, I don't have any affiliation with Cobbworks, either, but I
did pattern my homemade bucket panniers on his....
> From: Louisd75@...
> need to get panniers for my bike first since backpacks bother me on long road--
> rides. I like to consider myself car free, but I do accept rides from
> friends, especially if they're goin in the same direction
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle,
I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- Life Beyond Cars" profiles a number of people who live outside cities
and do not/cannot drive.
is this a book ? Is it on the web?
I roller skate I ride my bike don't ride no car
don't go too fast but I go pretty far.
CarFree and Proud to be
- On 8 Mar 00, at 21:22, buddhabuddha@... wrote:
> Life Beyond Cars" profiles a number of people who live outside citiesYes, a small one.
> and do not/cannot drive.
> is this a book ?
> Is it on the web?No, but you can buy a copy from A to B magazine in something like
the merchandise section. http://www.a2bmagazine.demon.co.uk
The site has much useful advice, though some of this may be
difficult in many parts of North America.
The magazine is a good read for those who have a car
David Hansen | davidh@... | PGP email preferred
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