Zero Car Family: An Adventure in Living Without Four Wheels.

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.

Who are we?
Zero Car Mom: Age 52, co-founder of a creative arts +mental health business, baked goods lover, artist.
Zero Car Dad: Age 52, web developer who works from home, vegetarian,  former amateur bicycle racer.
Zero Car Kid #1: Age 9, bike riding since age 3, soccer player, loves his friends and video games.
Zero Car Kid #2: Age 26, lives in Brooklyn so has not had to suffer the trials and tribulations of our no car journey much. She has subways and busses where she lives, things we don’t have! Lucky her.

START HERE to read from the beginning of our adventure which started in March 2016.

Or start with some of my favorite posts:

Just what makes that little old ant, think she can move a rubber tree plant? Everyone knows, she can’t…

Ha, Ha. My Commute is Longer Than Yours

Spiderwebs, Mosquitoes, Trains and Trails

My Shower Caddy and the Internet Gurus

  • 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?