Accidentally car-free

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by CopperBrompton, 15 May 2018.

  1. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Well, not entirely by accident, but I didn’t set out with the goal of going car-free, I simply moved to Shadwell then found I’d gone three months without driving my car.

    We had two cars before the move, sold one almost immediately but held onto the second one on the basis that it was by now 17 years old and worth next to nothing. We initially rented an underground car parking space for it, but that seemed an extravagance for something we never used, so left it in uncontrolled street parking in Rotherhithe. For three months.

    Went over at the weekend to see if it was still there. It was, but someone had done a hit-and-run, scratching the driver side wing. That made me rather sad (it’s old but a nice car that was in very good condition), so decided that rather than leave it somewhere it was likely to suffer further neglect and not be used, I’d give it to a friend who would get some pleasure from it.

    Dropped it off on Saturday. Still paperwork to sort out before it’s official, but basically I am now a non-car-owner. Have joined Zipcar as a backup, but honestly wonder when I’d ever use it. Everywhere in central London is within easy walking or cycling distance, and anywhere further afield is going to be more convenient by public transport.

    As a former petrolhead who spent more time than I can count on racetracks, it feels very strange!
  2. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    I understand you not needing a car in London but in the countryside, it is a very different story. A car is a necessity.
  3. Yep, it’s pretty much the same with me. Driving is a P.I.T.A. My car very rarely gets used now.
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  4. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    The Oval Office
    My car hasn't moved in weeks either. Despite living in the countryside it spends more time with it's battery on charge than it does in motion.
  5. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    It isn't essential to own a car in the countryside! It may well be much more convenient to own one but you could walk 3 or 4 miles to a shop or cycle 15 to 20 miles to one if you had to.

    Admittedly, if the countryside in question was somewhere like the north coast of Scotland, that might be a bit tricky, but there can't be many places in England or Wales where the nearest shop is more than 20 miles away. (Anyway, most big stores will deliver these days.)
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  6. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

  7. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Welcome to the non car club.
  8. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    We have two cars. I use mine to go to school, visit my children ( miles away) and go out with my wife. She uses her car mostly to go food shopping and she hates driving. Cycling is just recreational for me, beside, I like driving and having a car. I have always had a car since I was 20, (67 now). The day I will have to stop driving will be a sad day for me.
  9. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    When i lived in Birmingham i didn't own a car for about 15 years. Now i live in mid Wales, a car is a necessity. I couldn't be without it out here. I do agree, there is no need to have a car in the city.
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I've never owned a car.
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  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Car free household?
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  12. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    The Oval Office
    Ah, thats a big difference betwixt us - i cant stand driving. For me its a boring chore done under sufferance.
  13. Tail End Charlie

    Tail End Charlie Guru

    When I read the title, I thought it was going to be like the time I went car free after my son wrote off my car. Was car free for three years, but then bought a van. I did like the feeling of being car free,, no worries about the yearly MOT etc and, of course, the lack of expense, but having a van is very handy. Ironically I actually bought it to transport my tandem around.
  14. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Many have chosen to make a car a necessity by building or buying a home in the countryside miles from shops and public transport routes.
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  15. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Me neither.
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