Has anyone sold their automobile and started walking to work in their bare feet in order to be more paleo?
I didn't stop driving completely, I just traded in for a hybrid...
When I'm home on the weekends I prefer to run errands on my bike, but during the week, I have a 20 mile commute along a highway that would be suicide for any pedestrian or bicyclist who illegally chose to traverse it.
Since I don't have a driver's license, I don't have to trade anything in. It limits me in other ways, like I pretty much have to live in a city. But I guess the good thing about walking is that even if you don't have an exercise program, you stay in pretty good shape. I have a pedometer that says I walk anywhere from 4000-10000 steps on an average day. I also have to carry heavy groceries and sprint to catch trains/buses.
I dont actually have a drivers license at all, i use my bicycle, which i have for many different kinds, a good carbon fiber road bike, couple of single speeds and one standard 7 speed that nobody doesnt want to steal.
i bought my first car this fall; i'm 49. i walked/biked/bussed for decades because i was poor. my little putt-putt gets me to all kinds of farmer's markets and an farm that butchers their own cattle.
Yeah, when I moved to the small town where the university is, that was also the perfect opportunity to abandon my car. But instead of walking, the prehistoric part of me decided to buy a single-speed-bike and that's all I need. No jam, no expensive fuel and no front window between me and mother nature ;)
I don't own a car. I told my parents that I didn't want one when I went to college, or when I graduated college. I walk or use transit. After I finish grad school, I don't see myslef using a car often.
I live close to my classes, and walk to them every time. I wear Vibrams when it is colder, though I often barefoot. The smiles of people at me barefooting in November were great. I hope up to keep up with stuff like that. It makes me feel closer to the earth, even in a massive urban environment.
I'm back in the car now living out in a burb with a kiddo. But when I lived in the city I sold my car, not to be paleo per se, but because I thought it was making me lazy, and finding a parking spot was more of a pain in the butt than it was worth.
I bought a bicycle, and turned my mostly downhill 2 mile commute into an adrenalin pumping thrill ride (honestly, it is amazing I didn't get squished by a bus or hit by a car). Getting home in the evening was hard work getting back up the hill, steep enough to have to stand up on the pedals even in the granny gear, but ending the work day with an exhausted giddy endorphin high was worth it.
If you live close enough to get what you need without a car, I can think of no better way to travel than on foot or bicycle, it just fits the human scale of experience much better than a car, and doesn't leave me with that feeling of the world passing me by like I get when I spend too much time driving.
4 years ago I gave my 7 passenger luxury SUV statusmobile to my mum. She lived in the wintery burbs and needed reliable wheels. Ok maybe not so the benevolent son, as she did take over the lease...
The past 4 years have been wonderful. I walk, train, bus and I get along just fine. The store where I do most shopping is about a 10 minute walk. My friends who drive the same distance cannot fathom that I do this regularly. Meanwhile, by the time they circle the lot to find the best space in front, shop, then load their take into their car I am nearly halfway home.
Of course I do use a car share when I need a car, but life has been better for it. As a mammal I know that we should be walking X distance per day, and since I do my hunting and gathering from a computer monitor it is essential that walk. Often. Did I mention my canine companion? She keeps me walking an additional 3 hours per day. Rain or sleet or snow or shine.
We have not sold our car, but we are a family that is intentionally living with only one car. We make lots of lifestyle choices to make this work - I stay at home, we live close enough that my husband can take transit or even walk to his office, and we have to plan our week more carefully. We also intentionally live close enough to the library that I can walk there with the stroller on nice days.
I traded in my car for a small pickup last year. I walk for most everything, but work is too far and the weather's too awful to ride a bike. I also putter around with a farm an hour's drive away from here.
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