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    Car free life?

    Any one managed to get to a car free life yet? Would be wonderful!!
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    Why would you WANT a car-free life?

    The day that they make public transport that goes from near my front door, to where I want to go,(and on time!) then I'll happily accept a car-free life!

    However, as public transport is so poor, I think I'll stick to my car, thanks!

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    My plan is getting my fitness up to a point where I can cycle to work. Before I moved house I'd have a massive hill to climb, but now I live at the top of that hill!

    So, with Spring (I'm not going out now, it's too cold) I'm going to be on my bike as much as possible. It's only about eight miles to the school, so it shouldn't take more than an hour.

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    I enjoy driving. Not in traffic however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    Why would you WANT a car-free life?

    The day that they make public transport that goes from near my front door, to where I want to go,(and on time!) then I'll happily accept a car-free life!

    However, as public transport is so poor, I think I'll stick to my car, thanks!
    I think the same the public transport near me is bad!

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    A car free work week is great, but a car free life... what about those emergencies. Would be far too risky.

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    After this morning's drive in I said to my manager (who takes the same route) that a new/used bike is top of the to do list now...

    Anyone got a bike they don't want???

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    I wouldnt want a car free life. I love my car, both as transport and as a hobby. Love going off road, green laning, driving up places that you couldn't walk up.
    Land Rover Defender, the best car ever made!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapEnd View Post
    Land Rover Defender, the best car ever made!
    I want one of those! I live on a farm estate, with loads of off-road opportunities! Would also be useful for getting across the estate to the in-laws, when the snow is deep, and they can't get out of their house!

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    I hate driving, it's boring and I don't enjoy having to maintain a car, costs a lot and more importantly is a lot of hassle. A car free life is now a possibility for me as I'll be moving to London later in the year, but in reality I will probably end up keeping mine for the odd occasion I cant travel by train. I'd like to be rid of it though

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    Taking into account fuel, insurance, tax/mot and running costs, it's actually cheaper for me to drive to work than it is to get the bus (I pickup/drop off my wife from work each day).
    Include the ability to actually reach somewhere with entertainment, or a half decent shop, and the car more than pay's for itself.

    Plus the buses here are very expensive (£3 for 2 miles down the road!), congested, unreliable, and take 3 times as long to reach the destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rydra View Post
    Taking into account fuel, insurance, tax/mot and running costs, it's actually cheaper for me to drive to work than it is to get the bus (I pickup/drop off my wife from work each day).
    Agreed, we were looking into going to work by train but when we calculated all the costs it was still cheaper to go to work by car for the both of us than it was by train. If they make public transport cheaper then I would seriously consider using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    The day that they make public transport that goes from near my front door, to where I want to go,(and on time!) then I'll happily accept a car-free life!
    This is where London comes out well - 3 24-hour bus routes pretty much straight to our door and tube & rail both just down the road. The tube can get rather crowded at times, especially when everyone's going to / from work, although my journey in is generally pretty good as I'm in work by 7:30am so I miss the crowds. If I could drive, an account with StreetCar or a similar car pool/hire scheme would probably be nice, but if I've ever needed to move stuff around I've always found a man-and-van or a taxi to be good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    I want one of those! I live on a farm estate, with loads of off-road opportunities! Would also be useful for getting across the estate to the in-laws, when the snow is deep, and they can't get out of their house!
    They are great, best thing I have ever purchased by far. Its like a woman however, noisy, and very high maintainance, but worth every penny. Shes called Harriet.

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    That what I mean cycling is the best 10miles is do able to work. I cycled to work every day for 4 years.

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