We have been living “car lite” for a year. We own a 1996 Honda Civic. I drive it so little that my wife now accuses me of losing my driving skills. I think I’m simply a lot more careful I’m probably just kidding myself.
I’m happy to report that we have survived and thrived. Only once in the last year did we encounter a moment in which we wished we had a second car. I was expecting it to be more difficult. But, then, we’d been living car lite to a certain extent because I just haven’t been driving much in the last six years.
I’m still using my bicycle and my feet as basic transportation. My wife and daughter have increased their bicycling and walking. These methods are now our first choice as a family when we go out together — to the movies, the theater, the grocery, the music halls, the restaurants, and the civic events.
I’ve crowed before about this being easy. Part of the reason living car lite is easy for us is that we chose to live in Springfield’s urban core. We are 2.25 miles from the heart of downtown. I am .75 miles from work. My daughter is 1 mile from school. We have plenty of commercial services and retail within a mile of home. We are ready for the Great Reset.
Others are not so lucky. And that’s why I continue to push the 1-mile Solution and Keep a Bicycle at Work. And, others have very different values — especially in this area where having a home on 3 to 5 acres in the country is part of the attraction if one is willing to pay the price.
My daughter took the written driver’s test the other day in order to get a learner’s permit. She hadn’t studied. Couldn’t be bothered. She failed the test (missing mostly legal technicalities), but not by much. She’s learned a lot about traffic riding as a part of it on her bicycle. Back in the day when I was her age, to fail that test would have been a disaster — personally and socially. Not for her generation.
Her attitude was “meh.” She’s just really not interested in driving a car.