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Why I don't own a car

What's so great about a car anyway?

by Scot Heisdorffer

This is why I'll take a bike any day:

A bicycle is:

  • quiet and doesn't disturb anyone
  • no problem with parking spots-I "park" my bike in my office
  • easy to understand and repair-I can fix anything that breaks on my bike, thus I am self-reliant and not forced to rely on service stations and mechanics to solve my problems
  • inexpensive- a car can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 a year to own and maintain, including tax (license plates), fuel, insurance and daily wear and tear. My bike costs less that $100 per year, $50 for tires and another $50 for a new chain and cassette. The money I save I then spend touring on my bike. My wife and I can tour all summer long (and still have money left over) on money I save by not owning a car
  • great excercise-I bike 4,000 to 5,000 miles a year, that's a whole bunch of burned calories
  • pollution-free and doesn't waste unrenewable natural resources
  • not subject to speed limits or regulatory nonsense
  • fun and exhilirating and as challanging as you make it

    As a lifetime biker, I:

  • am not held hostage by oil companies
  • am not held hostage by the insurance industry
  • can set an example so that others will think more progressively about transportation
  • can actively promote the benefits of a car free existence
  • can smell, feel, see, hear and even taste regions and cultures of the world at a pace that allows freedom and flexibility, no schedules!
    By Scot Heisdorffer.


 
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