I have been car-free (d. not owning a car) or car-lite(d. owning a car but using it on a limited basis) for 14 years now.
In 2000, I realized I was living my life for the wrong reasons: just to make a lot of money, accumulate things, get others to respect me for my business success who really did not care who I was or what I did.. I was also very depressed, out of shape, and very overweight.
One day I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw-a sad, frustrated, unhealthy person.
I had always admired the people I knew who lived car-free or car-lite and thought “that is cool, maybe someday that could be me”.
In June of 2009 I decided to go car-free again, but this time for these reasons; for my health, my way to help clean the environment and respect the Earth, support my community relationships like buying only local products, and saving money by not owning a car, around $8,000 per year- per car.
In the last 14 years I have biked a minimum of 50,000+ miles most of which was for transportation, I have also walked hundreds, maybe even a few thousand miles. I have gotten more involved with alternative transportation advocacy groups, but still strongly feel the BEST way to advocate alternative transportation is to live a life where you incorporate it on a daily basis.
Now, in early in 2014 I am even more healthy than I ever been. in the last two years I lost another 80
lbs by eating more of a plant based diet. I walk more than I bike now only because I moved an live in an area where everything is two to three miles away. I still bicycle too, but have become more passionate about walking.
There are times when I wish I had a car, only for the convinence. I do love this life style and I realize, for those who live in a big city it may not even be interesting, but for the rest of us, living with out a car is a true adventure breaking all rules of the American tradition of having a car.
So, to you, want to be an Carfree
Carfree is a good way to slow the ravaged plagued society of Obesity, Pollution, and Community degradation.
Being carfree you will be healthy in your mind and body, the health of the environment, and you will engage in a positive way in your community.
How I have benefited personally living carfree?
|Bill Poindexter 2014|
Here is a short list:
Healthier both mentally and physically
Doing my part for the environment
I have many friends in my community and meet more every day.
I feel great.
I am more passionate about living and life!