I got rid of my car this weekend. Well, not really, it’s just visiting its grandparents because it has some issues that prevents it from being reinspected in DC. I’m hoping Dad and Philip, whizzes of mechanics that they are, can fix it. If not, I have some decisions to make.
I’ve considered going carless. Legions of people out there talk of how great it is–for the environment, for their lives, for budget. I’ve had a car since I was 21, which frankly, in America is a little late. I have my doubts about whether I could do it or not.
My parents think it’s NUTS to even think about it. It’s as if I suggested I was going to forego clothes or oxygen (though I might have to do the latter if everyone keeps driving like they do…). I think I *could* do it. I have fairly okay access to transit–via metro within a 15-20 minute walk and via the bus down the block. Joining a car share service would expand my options more.
Ask.com has a cool feature where you can now calculate driving directions and distances, by the way–check it out.
Walking distances from my home to:
- Work–3 miles, 57 minutes
- Union Station (metro, Amtrak)–1 mile, 20 minutes (that estimate was dead on by the way)
- Gym–1.3 miles, 27 minutes
- Safeway–0.9 miles, 17 minutes
Other shopping and services are within a 15-20 minute walk. I have a coffee shop, library, 7-11, and restaurant within a 5 minute walk or so and there is one mini mart with erratic hours a little closer than that.
I’d love to hear opinions from people out in cyberspace–is this something you’ve tried? Where do you live?