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Friday, 24 February 2012

Modern Mummy: A Car Free Zone

This week I made a decision. Quite a big, life changing one really.

I am giving up my car.

After passing my test fifteen years ago, and being lucky enough to have the independence and luxury of owning various cars ever since, I've decided to call time with my love affair of the road. Everyone thinks I'm mad. But in actual fact I am really looking forward to it.

You see, driving really is a 'luxury', rather than a necessity for me. I put the word luxury in inverted commas though because really, when you think about it, it's hardly a luxury, is it? Jumping in your car to make a quick journey is rarely quick these days. Even the shortest journeys are slow and stressful; the traffic in the majority of towns across the country is terrible for most of the day, plus you have to pay to park wherever you go. I live in the suburbs, where it takes up to forty minutes to drive four miles into the town centre and then costs 25p to park for ten minutes. For those reasons I only really use the car for trips to the supermarket and to visit friends and family across the country. The public transport is perfectly adequate here, not that I plan to use it very often once I'm a car free zone. But I know that, should I need to, it is relatively cheap and pretty reliable.

The main reason for me getting rid of my car is down to the cost of motoring. According to the Telegraph (November 2011) the increase over the past year has been almost three times the rate of inflation! I can certainly believe it. My insurance went up 50% this year (and not due to any claims either) and it now costs £60 to fill up my petrol tank, as opposed to the £52 it cost last summer. On top of that there is car tax and servicing to consider, plus of course general day to day maintenance. All in all, it's a ridiculous amount of money to pay out every year just to get you to Sainsbury's and back once a week.

And then of course there is the impact cars have on the environment to consider. Did you know there are 32 million cars on Britain's roads! No wonder the traffic is awful. I'm not going to preach about how bad they are; we all know the damage they are doing to the atmosphere - and even society. I'm not naive enough to think that by taking my car off the road I am going to change the world single handedly. I am just happy in the knowledge that I will be doing *something* to help.

So tomorrow it will be bye bye Citroen Picasso, and hello Pashley Princess!

Yes. I have a beautiful, shiny, black Pashley Princess. And I'm ashamed to say I haven't used it nearly often enough since it was bought for me two years ago, mainly due to having Daisy with me 24/7. Now that she's a little older, I plan to invest in a child seat so that I cycle us both to any places we can't walk to. I love being outdoors and can't wait for spring bike rides through the park and into town.

So here beginneth a new chapter of my life. A car free one. Bring it on. xoxox


  1. ooh big step! I went car free a couple of years ago and whilst I agree that the cost of public transport is much less, I miss it dearly and can't wait to own a car again.
    Also invested in a snazzy bike that I don't use nearly enough but will aim to ride at least a couple times a week from now on!

    Goo dluck with your no car zone!

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