Joining the Car-free Lifestyle

I’ve always wanted to live in a place where I wouldn’t need a car. And D.C. is definitely that place. So it was time to put my values where my mouth is.

The stickshift on my 14-year-old Saturn with 125,000 miles on it broke in the driveway and I decided this was the time to give it up rather than waiting for it to break down on the highway somewhere inconvenient.

I’ve only been using it maybe once a week since I moved here, since I take the bus to work and the Metro into D.C. for activities. Many hikes meet at Metro stops, and I have a neighbor I ride with to church and if she’s not around I can take a bus easy enough.

There seemed no excuse not to give this car-free lifestyle a try.

I already had signed up to volunteer and ride at a club bicycling event in northwestern Virginia this past weekend, so I rented a car. At less than $50 for two days, I could rent a car several times a year and still come out ahead of the cost of car insurance.

It’s those kinds of outings that I fear I will miss out on, just getting in a car and driving out into the countryside for some bicyling. Yesterday’s ride was just gorgeous, cycling past horse farms and with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It’s just not worth the expense of a car nor can I justify the environmental impact simply for that, though, and it’ll give me incentive to see what kinds of bike rides I can find at the end of the Metro lines. And I can always rent a car for weekend adventures like this past one.

Let the car-free experiment begin!


About mariannedc

I just moved from Albany, NY, to the Washington, DC, area and many friends and former co-workers want to hear about my life here. So this seemed like a great way to do that.
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