You Can Live Without A Car (II)

In the first inning, Cecilia told us why they prefer to live without a car. Now explains to us how he does: sometimes not having a car is difficult, for unusual, due to lack of public transport, or because the expectations of others are different. You can read more thoughts of Cecilia on his blog beauty on bike.

You can live without a car: how

Live in Madrid without a car when you’re single or not have children is very easy. Public infrastructure, while there is much to improve, are quite good and also with your bike – alone or in combination with public transport – you arrive anywhere. But when you have a child, initially limits you a bit the radius of action. Sometimes the people can not understand that not want to carry to the child of visit rociera, of House of a family to another, because take much more than if were in car. But once you accept it, there is no problem. There are journeys that you can’t do, and point. For example, go visit all the weekends home of a relative who lives in the outskirts of the city. Or go to this wedding or christening held in a restaurant on the road from Barcelona. That that we save, the truth. Does not have car does not limit our lives: live the life we want, by choice.

To my I had stressed really driving from one side to another with my baby in the back of the car. If you live in a small town, a ride with the trolley or backpack carrier does not hurt anyone, and when there is public transport only have to learn good of the options offered by (lifts for disabled people on the subway, seats baby carriers on the bus, free tickets…) and take advantage of them.

My husband works outside Madrid, so it is an hour and a quarter of ida and as much back in public transport. What for others would be a torture for the is your time of reading daily, because as says “has a beast that feed” in that sense. So so happy.

I work quite near House, to some 6 km. started going to work on metro and in bus, and thus was during many years. Until I felt the call of the bike, and after a few trials pre-pregnancy, when our son was two years old, in August 2013, I invested in my beloved electric bicycle and I went to go to day care and then a bike work. And then we went to the cole also. An of the decisions more happy of my life. Therefore, our needs of transportation daily them have covered without need of car.

And purchases? Then walk

With regard to our shopping, that by it seen is something for what it people uses much the car, going to the supermarket that is near House, walking with our cart of the purchase or our bags of raffia for not use bags of plastic, and received weekly a box of fruit and vegetable ecological. We are not going once a month to large areas on the outskirts and return with the petado car of food and furniture and a new drill. If are going to buy something to the “giant Swedish”, for example, are going in metro, although took a hour of ida and another of turned… Buy things that are close, or, when we need something special, bought by internet. Vale that so the product comes to your House is necessary a transport, but there is that thinking that is a transportation shared of several packages, not of a family in a car ida and turned.

Leisure is more complicated

In our plans of leisure in the city, itself is hard having that go with the child in metro to the zoo, to Faunia, or to House of your premium to eat. Not going from door to door: the transport public is combined with displacements to foot. A small child not walking as much as an adult, and when you get rid of once bloody cart, just with the kid in her arms when you get tired… And if to turn sleeping, falls asleep in your arms on the subway, not on the seat, and there are already sold.

But well, it is not so terrible! To the get not there is that Park, or ride jams, or you das a hit driving because the child you has distracted… There is that see it part positive! Those plans special are things that not be make all the weeks, are adventures urban that go dosing. To daily what we do with the child is going to the Park, to the library, to play to House of friends or to buy. And all that our son lives it on foot or by public transport (bike is only for the morning, with me, and in the afternoon the Pope pick you up).

Thus, our son is moving

For them future Popes that we are reading: them years of use of the Backpack Carrier and of the cart pass immediately, and our son lives a life physically active. Is more accustomed to walking (and go to caballito, ahem), and for him, take the underground, bus or taxi to go to a new place is an event. He is more aware of the distances, likes to see drawings and understand them, you already know many traffic regulations. And of course, in the Park is a machine in his small balance bike.

In travel, we plan and rent

When we most miss the car is to travel, but there is the possibility of renting. By ecology, also try to use the car and the plane it less possible, giving priority to the use of the train and in all case the bus. If rented, usually it do in destination, and sometimes only for visits point previously scheduled, not for all the stay. For displacement type airport and train station with the baby/child must pull Eurotaxis, contributing seats homologated prior reservation, and learn well the area public transport. It’s a small effort extra just assume and integrate into your routine of planning trips as normal.

 

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