It has been quiet around here lately and with good reason: Not only have I been working on a new product (more to come in the upcoming week), but I’ve also been busy biking all over town. Ever since Earth Day, my girlfriend and I have been living car-free. It has been a goal we’ve had for a while and I must say we’re doing pretty good so far.
Our goal is to keep her car parked as much as possible (I don’t own a car myself). We’re still thinking about making the switch to a true car-free life but we want to give it a trial run before we make any major decisions.
The only thing we are worried about is losing the ability to take road trips. However, we’ve realized that we can easily rent a car whenever we want to go on a trip and still spend less each year (insurance and maintenance are expensive).
It Has Been Great So Far
It has been just under two weeks since we started the experiment and we’ve already realize that it is much easier to live without a car than we anticipated. St. Petersburg happens to be very bike friendly and we have everything we need within a few miles of our apartment. We’ve already made a few trips to the grocery store without any problems. I even managed to throw a 10 pound bag of ice in my bike basket and ride home without it melting.
Check out the awesome bike rack I rigged up using a bike rack, a cheap plastic crate from Lowes, and some ratchet straps:
The whole setup costs roughly 40 bucks and has been a life-saver. It holds two canvas grocery bags without any problems and can hold around 30 pounds.
The bus system has also helped tremendously and costs far less than putting gas in the car. Over the past few weekends we’ve been hopping on the bus and taking it to the beach. Not only does it save us the hassle of parking, but we can also enjoy a few drinks at the beach bars without having to worry about driving.
We hope to keep this experiment going for as long as possible. I doubt I can make it a few years like some people have managed to do, but every little bit helps. I’m really enjoying the exercise and the idea of not having to drive (I hate it).