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I’ve even bought myself a bicycle!
Hey, I used to ride a bike until I was 40 or so, but gave up when I took to a job that required me to have a car and use it. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t have been worse in terms of my health and fitness needs. At forty, men’s waistlines begin to expand as a result of the dreaded ‘middle-aged spread’ and I was no exception. Now that I’ve reached my 60s I am even more conscious of my weight and know that if I don’t work hard at trimming down now, it will be almost impossible as I get older.
So it’s now or never.
The advantages of not owning a car include
- reducing my carbon footprint
- reducing my expenses – I figure I’m saving at least $200* a week when I take into account the price of fuel (currently around $1.50/litre), insurance, registration, parking fees, maintenance, wear and tear, etc)
- reducing my waistline as a result of walking and riding my bike
- improving my overall health, wellbeing and fitness levels
- umm, help me out here! There must be more advantages than these…
- the time it takes to get from point A to point B is exponentially longer
- some destinations are not on transport routes
- having to rely on family members/friends for some of my transport needs
- getting caught out in bad weather
- problems associated with moving large (and small) objects
- the inconvenience – no spur of the moment decisions to go somewhere
- and don’t even mention dating!
However, it is taking some adjusting on my part.
I recently returned from eight months of worldwide travel which required me to use public transport, or my legs for the bulk of that time, and I didn’t think twice about the inconvenience or otherwise of not having my own vehicle. I did hire a car for a couple of days to get me from Flagstaff, Arizona to Grand Canyon and back to Flagstaff, and I also had the use of a vehicle during my stay on the Greek island of Ikaria. Other than that I was happy to use public transport in America, France, Greece and Cambodia.
So why not now? Obviously, I can, and will, make use of taxis and car hire companies when necessary, so all in all it promises to be an interesting experience which I will report back on here from time to time.
*Western Australia's RAC (Royal Automobile Club) has PDFs outlining running costs across ten categories which suggests that $200/week for a medium sized vehicle is probably conservative.