Walking the talk: my attempt to live without a car
You might remember on January 1st when I pondered whether to take the plunge and try to live without a car. Well, take the plunge I have! Today my car will find a new home with a friend’s mother. I’m so happy to pass on this fine specimen of a vehicle to someone who will take good care of it. My car has been so wonderful to me – always reliable and trusty.
In its place, I will use public transportation, taxis and my newly acquired electric scooter. I am excited and nervous at the prospect of this experiment. It is definitely going to change my habits. First, I will get more exercise. The bus stop is 5 streets down, and I will have to walk whenever I take it. Second, everything won’t be so damn convenient – I will appreciate the things I do each week, not just go about them mindlessly. I can read while I’m on the bus or actually interact with strangers – something you all know I love to do.
I also realize I’ll have to rely on friends a bit for certain things – taking me to night time events that might not be close to a bus route. I hope they’ll be understanding and accommodating, and I promise to be as independent of them as possible. Perhaps some day I’ll feel comfortable with the scooter at night, but I need some practice on it first.
Apparently it takes about 25 cents worth of electricity to charge the scooter. It will drive 20-25 miles before needing to be recharged. The fuel costs of an electric vehicle are only 25% that of a normal fuel vehicle. No more trips to the gas station for me for a while! No more contributing to our dependence on foreign oil! My goal is still to install solar on my house so my transportation fuel is created and provided by me (and the sun).
The worst part about the electric scooter is the lead batteries. However, I am told that at least lead batteries are recyclable. Lithium batteries last longer but are not yet recyclable.
I hope you enjoy following along with my experiment. So many people think they can’t live without a car, but I know others who are doing it, too. If more people chose to utilize our public transportation system, it would continue to improve and be more valuable to us. I hope my story inspires you!