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February 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm #256538
Living in Australia it’s almost inconceivable that one does not have a car. We are so car-centric. Maybe the fact that public transport generally sucks (or non-existent in many cases) and is expensive has something to do with that? It seems in Sydney, cityrail is hell bent on driving people to use their cars instead of trains. Not a week goes by when your train line isn’t disrupted by trackwork, the replacement buses are inadequate, their rolling stock has an average age of 40yrs and that’s about the length of time between cleaning them too. And just last week they once again, jacked up the fares which are pretty expensive to begin with. The average urbanite in Sydney needs to budget $50 per week for public transport…. :ohmy: It’s almost at the point where owning and driving a car will be cheaper.
Yet despite all of this I am blissfully car-free and have been for the past 4yrs. My car was written off in a ‘not my fault’ vehicle accident. And even with the insurance money I didn’t entertain the thought of buying another car. I was sick of the constant insurance payments, repairs, servicing and registration costs which always seemed to be closer to $1000 than $100.
I downsized and bought a scooter. And while I will admit the exhaust coming off a scooter isn’t particularly clean there is an environmental upside besides the miniscule petrol consumption. It’s quite inconvenient to ride a scooter, you have to put on a helmet, gloves and proper shoes everytime you want to go somewhere.
Because of that I only use my scooter for longer trips, anywhere I can walk to, I do. I’m amazed how much more inclined I am to walk now I have a scooter. It’s not like a car where you can just jump in and go. Don’t get me wrong, I love my scoot and it doesn’t sit in the garage languishing and I’m very glad to have it for those across the city trips that would require several train and bus changes. But, it does make me consider my choices more consciously when I need to go somewhere.
Oh and it doesn’t hurt that my tank costs $12.00 to fill and takes two weeks to empty, insurance and rego combined are $400 and servicing is only necessary once every 2yrs. I love my scoot. :kiss: It’s also got awesome underseat storage allowing me to fit in a whole weeks shopping or 2 bags of mushroom compost from Bunnings. :laugh:
PS – I do realise that people living in rural communities really have little choice because lets face it there’s no such thing as public transport outside of major cities.February 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm #519478
I was car-free for many years prior to two weeks ago. I travelled around on foot with my pack donkeys, no hurry so it didn’t matter if it took a couple of weeks to travel to where I was going.
A couple of weeks ago I bought a van because not that I am stuck in one place looking after my elderly parents I have decided to have a go at a small market garden and needed a van to take my produce to markets. I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere so I can’t have a ‘pick-your-own’ and I have to travel.
I’d rather not have a vehicle but you have to do what you can with your circumstances, sigh.February 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm #519479
Car free is out of the question for me living in the country and being disable would cut my mobility to zero.February 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm #519480
Yes, also not possible for us at the moment …also living in a remote rural area. We do not use the car much, just to do our fortnightly shop or an outing occasionally.
Donkeynomnad, I so love donkeys. I had to leave my donkey on the mainland when we came down to Tassie as I did not know where we were going to be living and in what circumstances. She found a good home with some friends of ours but I do miss her. What a great experience travelling with pack donkeys. Care to share a bit more about that?February 2, 2012 at 10:47 am #519481
I grew up with out a car, I walk or catch the bus/train. But in saying that at the age of 27 I have now gone and got my Ls. It’s becoming much harder to rely on the bus/train to take me somewhere on time. DH takes the bus to work but it costs the same if he took the car.February 2, 2012 at 11:41 am #519482
We are trying to use our cars less, DH has no choice but to drive to work (45km) as there is no public transport for early mornings or late night starts, what Public transport we have is a bus that runs 3 days a week (M/W/F) it picks up at our stop (3.9km from house) at 10am and returns at 3pm and takes 40min to reach town with 2 stops after ours so not much time to shop get to libary and so on, the kids will catch it on the school holidays and then get DH to bring them home shift permitting. we ride to the school stop (3.7 km) morning and afternoon. the closest shop is 12 km from us also kinda and school so have been toying with the idea of after i drop the kids off at the bus stop i keep riding to the shop to check the mail only problem is its down hill to the shop and uphill on the way back I have done it a few times but not that super fit didnt help when DS15 kepped yelling back to me “come on mum were leaving you behind”, Oh to be young. :kiss:February 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm #519483
We grew up in a one car family and walked everywhere,miles and miles.To school,down town ,the pool.Sometimes we caught the bus or got a taxi.
Living rural and working 45klms from work and I do shift work I need my car,but on my days off the car sits there until needed for work again.
If I visit friends it gets used otherwise not.Or if a trailor of manure can be gotten from town.February 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm #519484
I must admit, the only times I’ve missed my car has been when thinking about gardening supplies. Sure I can work around it, but it’s not as convenient as nipping down to the local nursery and buying bags of mulch, compost and manure. 🙁February 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm #519485
No care here. we bus/train or walk it everywhere.
my granny trolley gets a real work out
I will admit there are times I wish one of us in this house had a licence and a car.
but we manage okayMarch 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm #519486
I find it strange to hear people complaining about public transport in Sydney. I have never owned a car and as a shift worker have travelled all over Sydney using public transport even late at night and yes sometimes I’ve had to wait longer than I would like, but overall I think the public transport is fantastic and struggle to understand people who complain about it or find it so difficult to use they say they have no choice but to resort to using a car. I think if thats your choice to use a car because its more convenient and comfortable thats fine, but to say you have no choice or that public transport in Sydney is a struggle is inaccurate.March 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm #519487
We can’t be car free where I live, No bus service there is a community bus but its mainly for the older people,
If you want to go to Adelaide there is a bus service but its been cut back to once to the city and home in the afternoon and it costs $25 each way. We are going to the city in the school holidays I will drive my car to the rail station at Noarlunga leave it in the train car park and catch the train to the city for $4.40 day tripper. Even driving my car and parking anf train fares it is cheaper then catching our local bus to the city.
I try to ride my bike as much as I can around here.
HUbby does a fruit and veggie run to the hotels and the price of LPG has taken his fuel costs from $40 a week to just over $90 LPG has jumped to over 85clMarch 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm #519488
I’d like to be car free here, it’s something we are working on. We are about 6km out of town, half of that is dirt road and all of it is hills. Our solution?? Electric bike. We got a second hand one in “not working” order and hubby is working to get it fixed. Thankfully he is a whizz at researching on the internet and has been able to restore the dead battery to a certain extent without costing us anything extra, he is now planning to convert it to throttle control rather than being electric assist. It’s a work in progress and we will buy things when we can afford them but eventually I’d like to use it to get to work which is approx 10k (one way) and back. In the meantime I’m trying to grow as much as I can to feed ourselves and our animals, that would cut out most of our travel needs!!
We will always have a car – it’s one of my husbands requirements and being the tiniest bit remote I also have some reassurance knowing we can jump in and go in an emergency but for all other purposes I think we might be able to manage without?! The other option husband is considering at the moment is a scooter – more for the kids for work and study than anything but we will see how that goes, we may end up with a yard full of transportation when the whole idea was to cut back on cars!!!! :shrug:July 31, 2012 at 7:47 am #519489
living in suburbia/the city is different, here in brisbane i doubt very much that you would find satisfaction with their transport system it is woeful.
and try to keep in mind many also live in rural and urban rural, we need cars for survival, if the public transport system sucks in brisbane it is non-existent once you get 50k or so out of brisbane.
melbourne kept their trams/light rail brissy got rid of theirs a sad day indeed
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