In theory I’ve always thought commuting by bus or bicycle was the way to go. There’s very little cost, low environmental impact and you can exercise while getting to your destination. However, in practise, until I had no choice, I always used my car. I was so dependent on my car I would drive to work even though it was less than a kilometer away.
After nine years of car ownership, the car I affectionately referred to as Ghetto Hot Rod was on its last legs. In the months leading up to that fateful day in November 2014 I received all the warning signs - check engine light, check oil light, check everything light! Not to mention the sounds it made while I drove, it sounded as I was torturing the poor thing just by turning the key. I knew my car wasn’t going to last long and I couldn’t afford a new one (probably shouldn’t have been able to afford the Hot Rod!). When my car stalled on the 417 West, after some horrific screeching I knew that I was going to be carless, possibly for a long time.
Fast forward 8 months and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to not buy another car. Is it inconvenient, it can be. However, the small amount of inconvenience can’t compare to the money I’ve saved, freedom I feel and exercise I get commuting by foot or bicycle.
Not having a car in a car dominated city does have its challenges though. On this segment of my blog I will go through some of the issues I’ve faced and how I’ve overcome them.