Comment 79664

By jonathan dalton (registered) | Posted August 11, 2012 at 13:41:48

I can attest to the majority of points made in this article. I grew up in suburbia and got my license the day I turned 16. Back then there were no smart phones or social media and the internet was fairly new. A car was our way out of isolation. While I biked before I drove, cycling was very unpopular then where I lived and few people bothered. It was either waiting for a ride to the mall, or being the dude with the car.

I sold my last car just before I got my first cell phone and data plan, and feel the money is better spent. Sure the phone bill is almost as much as my insurance, but digital communications save me time. I can do things while on transit that would normally take up time at my destination. Driving was a pure waste of time. Most of the time it was not relaxing.

When I travel now I use a laptop tethered to my iphone with a 3 gigs of data and I'm there before I know it. Sure I'd consider another car if I had money to burn, but I'm quite happy with cycling, transit and the occasion carshare. The $200 plus a month it takes to own a car (I always bought cheap cars outright and maintained myself) would go far towards reducing the mortgage on my house.

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