Jenna: One Year Car Free

I can’t believe it! It’s officially been a year since I took the plunge and sold my car. It was a huge decision, but I couldn’t be happier with it. I was paying about $550 a month to keep it, and used it less than once a month.

Granted, I live in one of my most walk able cities in the US. So, if you are thinking of taking the plunge here are a few things I’d consider:

  • Cost: If you’ll need to rent cars, use car shares or fly places instead, be sure it is cheaper on an annual basis to ditch the car.
  • Bike: Get one. You won’t die, I promise. It is scary at first, but memorize the bike routes on google maps and start during non rush hour times. Wear a helmet!
  • Access to necessities: Be sure these places are easy to get to with out a car (work, grocery store, doctor, gym…). I can walk to each of these in 10 minutes or less.
  • Public transportation: With some planning, are you able to take advantage of public transportation to get where you need to go?

 

The only time I’ve found it to be a pain is when I want to get out of town. Thankfully, Philadelphia is well connected by train to a lot of places. I’ve only had to rent a car once. Lucky for me, I have a few friends with cars that like to take adventures, so we’ve had some great times together.

 

Would you ever consider getting rid of your car?

 

 

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One thought on “Jenna: One Year Car Free

  1. Ah, I’ve been car-free for a couple of years now and love it! Mostly for the cost reason. But also because it forces me to get creative in transportation, and though that’s sometimes a pain, it can make for really memorable experiences đŸ™‚ I’m going to have to give up my four year commitment soon though and I’m not looking forward to the maintenance I’ve happily lived without.

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