Becoming a carless family: car-sharing

We are celebrating our 5th anniversary as car-sharers. Back in 2012, we had recently welcomed our first child into the family. Was it time for a larger, safer vehicle? A mini-van, perhaps? Naw, we decided to ditch our vehicle entirely and join Modo instead.

And so the experiment began. We decided to see how long we could last without a vehicle in our parking spot. Our big questions were:

  • Will we save money?
  • Will we reduce our carbon footprint?
  • How inconvenient will car-sharing be?

Here are the results of our 5 year experiment.

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Becoming a carless family

Within a year of moving to Vancouver, it became evident that our car was spending most of its days parked and completely unused. My 13 km (each way) work commute turned out to be faster by my bike most of the time, and a lot less stressful. Lacey walked or biked the 3 km to City Hall. We were mostly using the car on weekends and for the occasional out-0f-town vacation. Without knowing the term, we were living “car-lite”.

Our goal over the next few posts is to document our family’s carless journey. This post will serve as background and we’ll followup with lots of actual data and analysis.

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Our first car-free trip to Bowen Island

 

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Thoughts on Carjacked

As mentioned in Reading Non-Fiction, my goal is to share what motivated me to read the books and some thoughts that came from said reading.

Carjacked kept coming up in conversation with people, so much so that I was getting annoyed. A little skeptical, I decided to read it to at least be able to better converse with people. This is what I took away from the book. Continue reading “Thoughts on Carjacked”

Biking with baby … and toddler

Since our previous biking post, our primary mode of transportation has been the MEC single bike trailer (for biking and strolling), supplemented with car shares and transit when needed. But when the new baby came along, we had to take a break from biking. Before she could sit up on her own and support the weight of a bike helmet, we tried sticking both girls together in the MEC single for short strolling trips.

Cozy in Stanley Park

Understandably, toddler complained of being squished. Once baby was able to hold her head up with a helmet on (guess what she got for Christmas?!), we decided it was time to start our pedal adventures as an expanded family. That meant we needed to upgrade from the MEC single bike trailer. Continue reading “Biking with baby … and toddler”

Biking with baby

As Tanya Snyder recently wrote, it’s pretty easy to be discouraged from biking after having a baby. She made a good point that there is not a lot of information out there for parents (especially moms) about how to bike with their baby:

No one at the hospital made sure I had a child bike seat properly installed before I went home. None of the parenting websites and blogs I read list “old enough for a bike trailer” as a milestone. There are other cyclists in my mom’s group, but somehow no one talks about getting back in the saddle the way we talk about the challenges of going back to work or getting babies on a sleep schedule.

Well, that inspired me to share. I biked up until about 2 weeks before I gave birth, started biking again at about 3 months after my daughter was born, and have been biking with my daughter since she was 8 months old. Continue reading “Biking with baby”

Can a vehicle commercial be good?

Recently, I have been paying more attention t0 commercials. This may be due in part to having cowritten and starred in a short information video; in part to having friends in the communication field; and in part to learning more about the role of social marketing.

Now, I promise that my blog posts will not be rants. However, I do have a complaint about a certain motor vehicle commercial that I have wanted to voice for awhile, but I thought I had better find at least one example of a good motor vehicle commercial before doing so. Thus, here is the complaint, followed by a couple more positive comments.

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