My family lives a mostly idyllic life in a small village in the Hudson Valley, sixty miles north of New York City. In April 2016 we became a zero car family when we made a deliberate decision to sell our recently purchased 5-speed VW Jetta. We went car free to improve our lifestyle, increase our disposable income, and to do right by the environment.
- What happens when your family ditches the most commonly owned material possession of the industrial age?
- What happens when you are forced to live within limitations that you deliberately set for yourself?
- How a big change like this impacts your family? Your marriage? Your friendships? Your parenting?
- What happens to your middle-aging body when you start walking everywhere?
- How much time you lose when you can’t just zip to the grocery in your car?
- How do you say ‘no’ to the activities to which you can no longer drive?
- What will you do with the extra money that you aren’t spending on car payments, gas, and maintenance?
- Oh, and what will people think?