Car Free Day: mini-mission

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Because my recent post about driving less received so much positive feedback and interest, I thought it fitting that the next mini-mission be about your car.

Park It – This mini-mission is a commitment to drive less. Choose one day during the week and don’t drive. You may have to arrange your week differently to carpool, ride your bike or take public transportation.

On my first official car free day, I decided to stay home. I worked from home all day, and made an effort not to leave the house in my car. There always seems to be a reason to “run out”. Today, my daughter wanted to go to the pool with friends and instead of driving her, she rode her bike. When I was making lunch, I realized I was out of my favorite veggie-burger buns and instead of running out to the store, I ate something different.

Challenge yourself to stay out of your car one day a week. The planet will thank you and so will your wallet.

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  1. says

    Courtney, I went car-free today too! I try to work from home at least two days per week. It feels great to have the gas tank stay fuller longer.

    Happy Fourth of July!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Way to go Angela! It really does make a difference at the pump, especially with the rising gas prices.

  2. says

    Hey Courtney, tomorrow I’m going car-free! I love your mini-missions. For some reason, I was not a subscriber to your terrific site, but I have just remedied that. I think it’s because I come here often from twitter links. Regardless, it’s great to be following your blog. All the best.

  3. says

    I’ve been combining errands and limiting trips out of the house for years, but I could be doing a lot more.

    I try to make one tank of gas last one week (remember that I live 30 miles from the city I call home and 9 miles from anywhere plus my bookselling business requires some driving around), but my tank didn’t last all week this week.

    I wonder sometimes if half as many trips would make life twice as good.


  4. george says

    Courtney – millions of people go car free every day in New York City! And we take public transport every day!

    Seriously, owning a car in a big city is more trouble than not owning one. Maybe we should have Car Days where we get to drive once a month…

    • Courtney Carver says

      George, Being car-free is a great benefit of city living and I can imagine that parking and just getting around in general with a car would be challenging. I love your Car Day idea ; )

  5. danielle says

    I started out reading this post thinking about how difficult it would be to go car-less in my city, as we have really bad public transportation options. But then I realized that I already go car-less at least once a week – either by working at home on a weekday or being a homebody on the weekend! I love that one of the benefits of staying home like that is that I also don’t spend money on fast food or needless shopping (Target is my downfall!). Big win :)

  6. Cath says

    I only fill up once a month, so its great! Most of our amenities are a ways away, so I try hard to combine trips or ask my husband to stop on his way home from work. It does make a big difference.

    It really helps that I hate shopping AND I hate driving!

  7. Kim says

    I am totally amazed that people in North America make such a big deal out of being car free, like it is some sacrifice. Having lived in France for a number of years, NOT having a car is no big deal. No one drives, or very rarely if they do. Now that I am back in North America, I have made a choice to remain carless.

    If you want to make your carless day have more impact on your life… get out of the house and live your life. Staying at home on a car free day, to my way of thinking, is cheating. Sorry no kudos to those who chose to stay home, you missed the whole point of a car free day.

    • TC says

      However, most Americans in small cities don’t have the public transportation infrastructure that you were used to in France. Even worse, most cities here aren’t built in a pedestrian-friendly manner. Suburban sprawl worsens the impact on attempting to be car-free.

      I bicycled to work for a year, but the roads were full of obstacles and drivers were full of distraction! Perhaps I’ll try again, though. :-)

  8. cynD says

    There are places where people live that a car is required, I live out in the country. Town is not far 1.5 miles but to shop for groceries that are priced reasionable is a 7 mile drive. Always we don’t go out unless there is not another option. We group trips shoping and errands, it is called planning ahead. We typically go out on Thursdays for errands and grocerys, our Doctor is 32 miles away, in the event of the appoiintments we do our shopping in the bigger town that has a Wal-Mart. Our son has his car for school. Not that he couldn’t ride the bus however he has several activitys that would require a round trip for us any way so if he drives himself I know he gets home with out a phone call, I don’t have to drop and run.. So when some brag about being carless and it being no-big-deal. Location has every thing to do with it. Just don’t look down on those who have cars. My college age kiddo has been in school for 5 years with out a car and one year was in Japan she too loves being Car free, however when she is up here she is glad to have wheels. When you have cars you take the best care of them to keep your gas milage high and emmisions low. Some places a car is not a no big deal but rather a very big deal. Living up here in God’s country having Lake Huron to look at from the end of my drive and having the woods surround me. Is a trade off I am willing to make. A car free day is often here. We have lots to do at home and it is a life style that is what we choose.

  9. mini-mum says

    living in rural Australia means that a car is an essential item, public transport is non-existent. However, we plan to retire to the big smoke in the next year or so. I am having a great deal of trouble convincing my other half that owning a vehicle will be quite unnecessary.


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