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I missed an anniversary :(

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Brock, 14 Jul 2007.

  1. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    The first of July was my first anniversary of giving driving up after 16 years of owning cars. I suppose the fact that I missed the occasion shows how much I miss having one.. Not at all.
    To celebrate I've awarded myself a new sig. :eek:

    Who else is walking (riding?) the righteous path of the non fossil fuelled traveller? Good innit! :blush:
     
  2. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I wouldnt say I've given up driving, but I hardly ever need to use the dam thing any more...I maybe drive once a week now if that
     
  3. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    Congrats Brock, wish I had the courage of my convictions to do the same.

    I really resent paying for it to sit on the drive (and don't get me started on servicing costs), but I have a job that occasionally requires visiting customers all over the country with a boot full of kit just in case.

    However, that wont be the case for too much longer with any luck.
     
  4. Still got my motor vehicles (three at last count, plus Mrs RT's car). I did a year without a car but I found I enjoyed having one (or more) around so I went back to the dark side.
     
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    I've not had a car for 15 months now. Can't afford to run one and have it sitting there for days on end. I still hanker after a fancy car but it'll have to wait. A long while probably. :eek:
    A Bongo would be handy for chucking bikes and dogs and wood and tools and plants and stuff around in but I just have to be imaginative in my transport arrangements. I try to be self sufficient and not cadge too many lifts either.
     
  6. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I spend most of my year working overseas and don't use a car, but I admit the one at home is nice to drive when I'm on leave and taking out the family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    My VW Caravelle is on the way out, too expensive to repair. Don't really miss driving, but I'm saving for a campervan for when I hope to be almost 'self-sufficient', and FREE!
     
  8. ghitchen

    ghitchen Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gullane, Scotland
    I hardly use mine but not having one at all would be too much of a nuisance. My outdoor hobby (cycling isn't a hobby, it's a way of life) is kayaking, and if you think it can be tricky getting a bike onto public transport, imagine what it would be like with a kayak! It is also useful for getting the mtb to the mountains.
     
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    Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    When I decided to get rid of the car, I thought that I could easily hire one for a day if, now and then, the need arose. I haven't had to do that yet though. We both cycle to work, luckily it's only about 5 miles for both of us. We do a big shop online bi-weekly which gets delivered, and grab fresh bits and pieces during the week from the local shops. Rare trips by bus/train/taxi aren't a bother when necessary either. Luckily I don't have a kayak to haul about, or children that can't do without a free taxi, so I'm sure it's easier for me than most. Still, I do think people come up with some pretty lame reasons for needing a car.



    That sounds intriguing Dayvo, got plans?
     
  10. True, although of course there's no reason anyone should have to come up with a reason for 'needing' a car. I have cars because I like them and enjoy driving, although I would find it difficult to get to gigs all over the place with a 100 watt Marshall amp, three instruments and half a PA system on a bike!
     
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    Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    That's what the band van is for surely?
    I didn't mean to give the impression that I thought people should have to justify their use of a car, I just think in some cases it's more of a habit than necessity, and a bloody expensive one.
    If I ask someone why they need a car, it's because I'm interested in their reasons, not because I feel like some morally superior pedal powered eco warrior. Often the idea of not owning a car just doesn't enter people's minds as an option, while at the same time they moan about the cost, the roads, the congestion etc.
    I hated driving, and like drinking, so the choice for me was easy :eek:
     
  12. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    I have never run a car, but that's because I can't drive, and have no urge to learn.
     
  13. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    I have never run a car, but that's because I can't drive, and have no urge to learn.
     
  14. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    We heard you the first time, Sam! :eek: :blush:
     
  15. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    Blooming computers, making me look over-eager.