I’m signed up for regular email updates from Care2.com, and this post came with a recent email blast, containing a brief story about Emily Finch, a mother of six who does not own a car and instead transports her family via bicycle.
Around the summer of 2009…Emily said, “I started looking at my life… I was living in a giant house and had a nine-person Suburban. I remember thinking, there’s no reason I can’t walk or bike around town. “I was really depressed before,” she shared, “But I was so happy after I got the bike. I just loved it.”
I find this incredible! For the foreseeable future, there is no way I could get along without my car. I commute 30 miles to work and 30 miles home five days a week. My mom lives 25 miles from me. I visit my sister who lives 85 miles away.
I could cut back around town — I do drive to the grocery store, and sometimes on date nights we just drive around and look at scenery and explore new areas. We could take a walk instead. I could probably bike to the store and back if I really tried. My boss lives close to me so, in theory, we could carpool to work a couple days a week.
At least if I am driving, I have a small, fuel-efficient car. It’s no hybrid, but it gets about 36 miles per gallon, and it’s a “Low Emissions Vehicle” and is not the most guilty of cars on the road (I see you, Hummer drivers, I see you).
How do you cut back on car use? Do you even have a car? What do you think of Ms. Finch, who takes her kids around town on a giant bike?