This blog inspired me to go car-free this weekend. Was it fun? Hell yeah!
I like the idea of slowing things down. Travelling by foot, bike or public transport… It seems totally do-able. What I am nervous of though, are the questions that follows of ‘What? You don’t have a car? Why?’ or ‘Shym, you guys must be struggling?’. These things shouldn’t really bother me. But social status convictions seem so brutal and real.
Now the reason I would like to go car-free is more about slowing down and having more fun. We miss so much by travelling in our metal boxes every day. You miss the smells, the scenery, the people (big one) and the feeling of freedom. You don’t need to worry about parking or speeding fines.
I must be honest I was a little apprehensive at first to travel by train. I’ve heard such nasty stories that the last time I travelled by train was probably a good 18 years ago! Wow, that long?
So we just took a short trip from Glencairn on the South Peninsula to St James (which is just around the corner) but a good distance by car.
The journey went like this:
It was a good experience and very good exercise. It was good bonding time with my family. It was fun.
Doing this every day to school might be a real option.
How many people do you see travel to work every day where there is just one person in the car? Such a waste of money and resources, don’t you think?
My humble opinion is that public transport will get cheaper if more people make use of it. There was nobody in our train compartment. The train might have been more crowded closer to town, I don’t know, but I felt safe.
I dare you to take small steps towards living life more abundantly. Get rid of one of your cars at least. Decide to use public transport once a week. Get a bicycle! Walk.
Does the idea of car-free appeal to you?