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Discussion from The Chainlink about Being Car Free in Chicago
by juliehochstadter | 08/10/2010
From Thechainlink.org, a social network for cyclists in Chicago. Thought this would be a great place to share car free thoughts....
Link is here, but I have also posted the question below. -
Quite a few threads have me wondering what your lifestyle is like that it doesn’t necessitate owning a car. I think it is great that you are able to live car free, but I am wondering how this is. Many people have expressed the feeling of freedom that comes with not owning car, but for me it feels like a lack of.
Do you work in the city or commute to the suburbs? Are you otherwise required to commute to areas outside the city on a frequent basis? Is your family local and how often do you see them? Would you describe your lifestyle as minimalistic? This is the part of me wondering how I would have gotten that all-in-one printer home the other day or the cans of paint and bbq I just bought. When I run my weekly errands, I get everything done in one shot. How is that possible on a bike? Do you use car-sharing services? How often would you say not owning a car creates a hindrance? Do you ever feel like you are losing time in your day due to a reliance on public transportation or that it is more of a hassle?