You Can Live Without A Car (I)

Perhaps not everyone can day today to make your life without a car, but just like the Melissa, in Spain there are families living without a car by choice.

Cecilia, to which you can find also in Twitter or in your blog beauty in bike, us has how and why his family prefers live without car.

You can live without a car: why

I am Cecilia, I am 33 years old, work, am married and we have a son almost four years. Live in Madrid and does not have car. I want share our experience to the people is aware of that is a possibility as other any, and of that is lives well and is is happy without car. Not have car not is a drama: for us is an option thoughtful and deliberate, a manifestation of our way of thinking and of how want to live our life and educating to our son.

We are not rich, but at the expense of living in a very small apartment we live in the Center, which facilitates things. And are good as well: mobility and quality of life us outweighs. I understand that a town perhaps it would be impossible to live “a modern life” without a car, unless public transport were very good and there were many ciclocarriles between people and people. I am giving ideas, eye. And all is done at the idea.

When told that not have car, much people put face of penalty. Seriously. Seems that if not have car is because not can, “poor things, not them give the money.” “And by that will take the child to the public…” What really happens is that our money we make a conscious management and decisions in accordance with our way of thinking. According to the person with which is speaking and if comes to the case, I took the discomfort of planting seed explanatory (“not, if is because it prefer, not see that well without car, is much more comfortable because such and such…”) or not. We are happy without car because is a decision consistent with our ideas, that if like, can define as slow, environmental, or call it x, that each which can adapt to their life as can or wants to.

Those who need other reasons, think about their money. As my husband says, having a car is put your savings in a junk of metal then you leave in the street all night. Besides the loan that still paying during years, has all a series of expenses associated: gasoline, taxes, rental or purchase of garage, payment of the parking of destination, repairs, insurance, ITV, etc. And over, when you stop paying it, you have at that moment is an old thing, that you are willing to change with a new but you can’t. Not to mention if you have an accident and you have not yet completed it pay… That is why is not best to use your money for other things and you better walk, going by bike or use public transport? Is I occur a lot of things best in which spend your money that in have a car in property: experiences, travel to-it-large, improve your power consuming products of crop ecological, contribute to a cause in which create, save for plans of future, to them studies of your children… And if you are missing, very occasionally use a rental car, a service of car-sharing, car shared with coworkers that make your route, or ask for it lent to a family member, or that neighbor who always asks that you fix you computer or pay you your sewing machine. Are concepts of collaborative consumption have to be synonymous with modernity and intelligence, not of poor, jipi hats or rare, what how many people see us.

When my husband and I met, I was taking my driving license. He had, has, and I think that you will never have it. I did it for convenience, because you didn’t buy me a car. When we got married, a family member volunteered to spend one “second hand that is phenomenal, and then already within a time you buy you another”. Kindly decline the offer.

When born our son, our environment increased slightly the pressure pro-coche. We tried to convince that it was impossible to be parents in Madrid without car, we were a rare few. It is true that go with a baby in public transport needs, say, patience and nerves of steel. But to leave the hospital after birth, my son traveled to our House in Backpack baby carriers, Metro. And it didn’t take anything, hey. As you’ll see in the next post on our daily life, you can live without a car in Madrid.

What I think the use of the car in the city? It is a hindrance. Cities designed for cars are uncomfortable for people. The streets are full of parking spaces, and that makes ugly and takes away space for other things more friendly and useful, such as trees, bike stands, benches to sit… Sometimes miro the city and only see cars and smoke, when could restrict is the traffic rolled in the Center, promote and improve really the transport public, make all area 30…

I like to dream with a Madrid with many fewer cars, with more people walking and cycling, really adapted to people with disabilities, with more trees, squares and parks… I would like to, perhaps, return tram, and that all buses were tiny and electrical, type the old buses, not those huge monsters that we have now, which are a hazard to bicycles. I would love that people did not have a car, or was a rarity to be extinguished, and that there was a public service of hybrid or much better cars, electric, as citizens could use in a timely manner or to leave weekend. And that it was legal to have solar panels to charge our cars, for example. That children could really go cycling through your city. To the distribution of products, in general, did in bicycle cargo or camioncitos…

 

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