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    Default Car Free Chronicles

    I went car free this morning. It's the first time in 22 years that I haven't owned a car. I decided to donate my car to WABA, which I looked into after Jeanne told me that she donated her car to WAMU.

    Here's the tow truck taking her away:
    https://twitter.com/LumberjackCycle/...82537835515905

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    I went car free this morning. It's the first time in 22 years that I haven't owned a car. I decided to donate my car to WABA, which I looked into after Jeanne told me that she donated her car to WAMU.

    Here's the tow truck taking her away:
    https://twitter.com/LumberjackCycle/...82537835515905
    Wow! Iím impressed!


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    We spent two years car-free in NYC. Two glorious years. Even with a little kid, that worked in New York. Congrats!

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    Welcome to the club!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    I went car free this morning. It's the first time in 22 years that I haven't owned a car. I decided to donate my car to WABA, which I looked into after Jeanne told me that she donated her car to WAMU.

    Here's the tow truck taking her away:
    https://twitter.com/LumberjackCycle/...82537835515905
    Nice! How're you supposed to go mountain biking now?

    We went from 2 cars to 1 a few weeks ago when we left one of them at my ma's place in Vegas, so we're halfway there

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    I lent my car to visiting family for the weekend, which seemed appropriate since I don't drive it. So we're down to 1 car for a few days! Scary! :-)

    I've considered getting rid of my car, as for most errands and outings the bike and main family car are sufficient. But I do use my car at least once a month for an all-day, a-few-hours-away race or ride. And as the kids get older I want to more mountain biking with them. So for those reasons I think the second car is worth it (it doesn't cost much to insure, since it isn't driven much).

    If I was single lving in the city, though, I would probably get rid of the car and use Zipcar for the races/rides. OTOH, if I were single I'd be doing a lot more MTB and travel for races ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    Nice! How're you supposed to go mountain biking now?

    Can I bum a ride?

    My new place puts me a couple of miles closer to biking out to Wakefield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    I went car free this morning. It's the first time in 22 years that I haven't owned a car. I decided to donate my car to WABA, which I looked into after Jeanne told me that she donated her car to WAMU.

    Here's the tow truck taking her away:
    https://twitter.com/LumberjackCycle/...82537835515905
    And thus, the countdown timer to Judd getting either a cargo bike or a bicycle trailer begins...

    ...also, congratulations on becoming car-free! Zipcar and bicycle trailers work well as a replacement. I look forward to hearing about you riding with a trailer/cargo bike to get furniture from IKEA*. Trust me, it's fun

    *FYI the IKEA in College Park is easier/safer to bike to from Arlington than the one in Woodbridge because of all the trails you can use (MVT, MBT, NW Branch, NE Branch, Paint Branch).

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    Left the car behind in August 2015. For two years my daughter lived with me 1/2 time. Now she's away at college
    Goal is to never buy one again

    Mountain biking? Or anything else, for that matter:
    - Hertz
    - Zipcar
    - Metro
    - Car2Go
    - Friends
    - Uber
    - Taxi
    - Amtrak
    - MARC
    - Etc.

    It's not hard.



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    We are car lite (one car for the two drivers in the household) and have never been car free. A couple of months ago QOTM was out of town with the car, so I got to try several weeks of being car free. Harder than it needed to be, as I have never set up a rideshare account, or used a car sharing service (we have used car rentals of course, but none I know of close to where we now live) Nor have we ordered groceries delivered. I relied on transit, walking, and of course my bike. And had not yet discovered that we own a cache of bungee cords.

    It was doable, though groceries were moderately challenging. Our auto use is mostly for out of town trips, grocery shopping, or for trips by my wife (or us together) where transit is inconvenient (because of destination - like our dentist in McLean - or time (pretty much anywhere on a weekend).

    While I don't think we will be car free anytime soon, its on my list to explore several ways that would make us less dependent on car ownership. Actually using Uber/Lyft is one way (and something I probably need to do anyway, since I am in the transportation field, and need to know first hand how ridesharing apps work) but of course the more fun way is going to be exploring what I can carry on my bike with bungee cords and a milk crate.

    Note, when we were leaving Fairfax, we looked at some locations in DC where we would likely have gone car free - places where parking was more expensive, where groceries were more handy, and where car sharing was well established. At the time I had barely dipped my toe into biking for transportation, and uber/lyft were far less ubiquitous. That did not end up being our choice however.
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