I missed an anniversary :(

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:
 

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
 

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.
 

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.
 

Dayvo

Just passin' through
Location
oSLo
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!
 

ghitchen

Well-Known Member
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.



but I'm saving for a campervan for when I hope to be almost 'self-sufficient', and FREE!
That sounds intriguing Dayvo, got plans?
 
Brock said:
Still, I do think people come up with some pretty lame reasons for needing a car.
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:
 
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