Free car free

Regular readers know Hubby and I don’t have a car any longer, and we’re doing quite well. A couple of people at Day Job act as if were in peril of starvation or social isolation, but that’s far, far, far from the truth. Of course, we live in a very pedestrian- and transit-oriented part of town.

Question: are any of my readers also car-free? Do comment.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I am car free, and like it that way. Not all people are accepting of that, and some ask if I get around by bicycle. I’m obviously way to old for that. Have they not heard of the availabililty of bus and light rail here.?

    I do have to shop for groceries by bus about three times a week, and find it difficult to ascend the steep stairs into the bus carrying those bags.

    I usually read religious books as I travel by bus. Fellow passengers often ask what I’m reading and draw me into religious discussions. I love that.


  2. We’re on one car right now (hubby’s) and I have somewhat mixed feelings about going back to two cars. It’s pretty much a necessity where we are given the urban sprawl, however, I’m going to miss our morning carpool together — it makes us take time to have breakfast with each other, and I really like that.

    BTW, did you get my phone message the other day?

  3. I had to buy a car for my internship but, after August 1, I will once again be a pedestrian. I’m a little ashamed to confess how much I enjoyed driving, but that is all the more reason to put myself out of the way of temptation. Also, I’m pleased to say I’ve not run over any animals, much less people, and I only had the one accident. Nevermind, I promised the congregation I’d learn to drive; I never said I’d learn to drive well.

  4. Matthew, your story is almost exactly my story, ten years later. (But it really helps to drive when you’re in seminary in Texas.)

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