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Does anyone here not drive in an attempt to reduce their emmisions? Just curious...<br><br><br><br>
I try to use public transportation or ride my bike when I can... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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My husband and I have managed just fine in Korea w/o a car, thanks to an excellent public transportation system and living within walking distance of a heck of a lot of stuff. That will change when we move back to N. America this fall, but I'm really, really hoping we can make do with one vehicle. (I'm pretty sure we can -- just have to convince hubby.)
 

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I wish I could use public transportation more -- I use it when I visit cities like New York, Madrid, London that have good public transit. But the public transit in Indianapolis is poorly designed (at least for my needs) -- to get anywhere, you basically have to route through downtown, so it makes for a 2 hour commute -- each way. So I drive a car that gets good gas mileage and try not to use the car any more than I have to.
 

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I only use my car when necessary. I tend not to drive much since I am not currently working and if I go out I carpool with Allen or mom or my cousin, or whoever I'm going out with.<br><br><br><br>
We never take 2 vehicles.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: I am getting a bike for the summer. I'm in walking distance of a small corner market, but nothing else. However, I could ride a bike pretty much anywhere in the city. I love the fact that most of my town in covered in sidewalk so it's easy to bike ride pretty much anywhere. That will probably be how I go about travel most of the time when the weather is warm.<br><br><br><br>
That or rollerblades.
 

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I am over 50 and I have never driven a car. Not because I can't but because I never wanted too. I always felt uncomfortable behind the wheel. At times I had to adjust my way of life to accomadate not having a vehicle, but I always seem to make out just fine without one. I love to walk, I take the bus to town, sometimes if I do need the use of a car {like to take a pet to the Vet's, or fill up my propane tank etc.} I ask a friend to pick me up with their car and then I pay for the feul. I have been lucky to be able to live a life style that does not require me to own a car. If I ever had to sell my land and move, I would make sure I lived close enough to all amenities so I could continue not having to own a car. Walk, bike, bus or share a ride.
 

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I live pretty far out in the country, so I have to drive to go to the store or the bank. That said, I am all but a hermit and only go out once per week. I have an SUV (I know, environmentally bad), but I live in an area with lots of snow and I really need 4 wheel drive to get out. I use approximately one tank of gas ever 2.5 months.
 

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I live pretty far out in the country, so I have to drive to go to the store or the bank. That said, I am all but a hermit and only go out once per week. I have an SUV (I know, environmentally bad), but I live in an area with lots of snow and I really need 4 wheel drive to get out. I use approximately one tank of gas ever 2.5 months.</div>
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Going out once a week in a SUV and using only a tank of gas every 2.5 months is probably better than someone in a hybrid that drives crazy miles and fills up weekly...
 

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I have a 60 mile round trip commute and try to work from home as much as I can to cut emissions/oil consumption. I also plan my errands around my commmute so that I don't have to go out to buy lunch, and so that the bank, post office, grocery store, etc. is "on my way".<br><br><br><br>
I've been shopping around for a hybrid, but I'm not sure it's really better overall since my current car only has 33K miles on it and can be driven for many many more miles. I'm conflicted.
 

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I've been car free for about 7 years. I had a car for awhile in college because I couldn't get to my internship, then back to class, etc. using public transportation.<br><br><br><br>
I used a car (my parents' extra) for a bit when I stayed with my folks after graduating, but then I moved to a small city with a decent bus system (especially since I lived in the 'hood). Later, I was in Chicago, with arguably the best public transportation in the country.<br><br><br><br>
It's been more of a challenge here, surprisingly, but so far so good. I suspect that in the future, we may rent (or hire as they say) a car on occasion to take a day trip or bring home something large from a store, etc.<br><br><br><br>
For me, it was just part of deciding where to live..having public transportation available was a "must have".
 

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When my car dies (which I think it will soon) I'll probably just go completely carless. I already use it very little and Philly Car Share seems like it would come in handy for those occasions when I really need a car. For everything else my bikes and the train will do I'm sure!
 

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My household drives relatively little - we try to go to town no more than twice a week, town being about 14 miles away.
 

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I wish I could use public transportation more -- I use it when I visit cities like New York, Madrid, London that have good public transit. But the public transit in Indianapolis is poorly designed (at least for my needs) -- to get anywhere, you basically have to route through downtown, so it makes for a 2 hour commute -- each way. So I drive a car that gets good gas mileage and try not to use the car any more than I have to.</div>
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For me, it was just part of deciding where to live..having public transportation available was a "must have".</div>
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It was for us too, in a major way. We deliberately bought a house across the street from the train which takes my husband to his job in about 10 minutes. I worked from home at the time so it didn't matter so much where we lived. But now I have another job, one that isn't making me crazy, so I drive to it because it's against rush hour (therefore bus service is horrible) and it's too far for this non-athlete to bike or walk to (13.5 km). I'm keeping an eye out for areas we could possibly move to that would allow us to both commute to work via public transit or on our own steam but our options are severely limited due to where our jobs are and the nature of public transit in this city. I actually hate driving with a passion, but it's a 25 minute drive, and i hate the prospect of 1.5 hours+ twice a day on the bus even more.
 

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Sure...when we go to visit my family this summer, we'll just walk across the ocean. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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we should all walk everwhere people have done it for years why cant we</div>
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I live 45 minutes from any store. The only place in my town is one gas station and a post office so some of us have no choice. Moving is not an option b/c we live in a green house and are powered by the wind. There are 2 sides to everything..I think living off the grid is totally worth the driving.
 

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I've lived for many years without a car. Its easy to do in the city. And even then I would rent a car for a weekend once every few months to visit friends out of town and to do big shopping.<br><br><br><br>
Planning your life around not owning a car is the key. As suggested above, when choosing a place to live and a job, take into account the availabilty of public transport. I've turned down many jobs because they were located in areas that required driving to them daily.<br><br><br><br>
Nowadays I live in a rural area with easy access to long distance trains but work in a big city. During the week I spend my nights in a hotel in the big city and take the train home on the weekends. I do have a car now but rarely use it and am thinking of selling it. Its the first car I've had since 1989 and I've only had it for 6 months. I guess I've moved beyond car ownership...
 

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I couldn't work in my job without my car. I finish my shift at 11pm and I'm certainly not waiting around bustops or train stations by myself at that time of night.
 
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