Week 8: 1 Day 52 Week No Car Challenge

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A proud sponsor of the One Day 52 Week No Car Challenge

 

Week 8: Bring a friend

This week, I’d like to hear how this challenge is affecting, positively or negatively, your friends and other family members in regards to your day to day social engagements.  Have you brought others along for the ride?  Are some relationships being strained by your new found lifestyle?  Best story gets a free beer on me! Must be officially listed in the challenge to win the beer.

Furthermore, I’d like to see your weekly no car days in action.  Post a pic to your favorite social media site and share the link in your posting for this week.  Best pic gets a free beer on me!

Also, don’t forget the Car Share Co-Op of Oak Cliff will be hosting another Meet and Greet at Spiral Diner tomorrow, February 23rd, at 7:00pm. RSPV to jonathan@carshareoc.org or here


Here are a few highlights from Week 7 quotes:

Went car-free Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Monday and Thursday rode the bus in to work and back home. On Wednesday and Friday rode my bike. Rode my bike to the gym every night to lift. In this beautiful weather, its great to be on the bike. As a good friend of mine once said, you really feel more a part of the community on your bike. And she was right!!! You notice a lot more things along the way.Although, I have to admit, I miss the free time of my bus ride into work when I could do some Rosetta Stone lessons on my iPhone – am trying to learn Italian. Have to find some time during the day for those when I ride in. Bike Man

This week’s remarkable weather has allowed me to stay car-free all week except Tuesday, when the pups had to go for shots. I’ve biked to the office every day this week, only staying 5-6 hours so the dogs can get outside sooner. I’ve biked to get groceries and to my barber as a bonus.  Next week will be interesting – I will be in metro Manila for work. I know I can walk from the hotel to our office there, but not sure what other car rides I might have to take. Stay tuned for next week’s report! Rick Titone

Went car-free Tuesday. Love this weather. Been trying to bike around as much as possible – find myself doing most trips within 2 miles of the house on bike, but haven’t managed a whole day car-free since Tuesday. Last Sunday I bought a few groceries and even dog food on the bike – forgot my bungee chords though and lost the dog food off my back rack twice. No casualties though! UrbanPedal

I went car free everyday this week but Thursday and Friday. I had to run to Ft.Worth to take care of some things and I didn’t have time to plan my route on the TRE.  Thanks to the guys on dorba.org who help me find a route from Downtown Dallas to my office in Las Colinas this week. Check it out: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4291014/  Is anyone going to the NAHBS bike show in Austin next weekend? We plan on driving to Austin but taking our bikes with us to ride to the show.  Art O


13 comments

  1. Sleepy Head · ·

    I went carless Monday….DART bus/train plus my bicycle. I can get downtown from Parkland faster on my bike than on the Green Line. Monday, that was not fast enough to catch any of the bicycle crew at Main Street Park. I also went on an entirely pleasant group ride tonight.

  2. David Rodriguez · ·

    I will be in Mexico this weekend so I thought I’d post now.

    I have been car free since Sunday until yesterday. I was on a tight schedule today so I had no time to plan my day around bicycling and DART.

    A lot of my friends always ask me if I rode my bike they see me. A lot of them wish they can ride a bike with me, but they don’t have one. I have an extra bicycle I may donate to a friend who really needs it. I have really fell in love with riding my bicycle and all the money I save. Currently I am doing research on starting a bicycle club at school for El Centro College students. Not sure if I should start a club or organize a critical mass, I just want my fellow classmates and students to see the benefits of riding a bike in college.

  3. Went car-free on Monday since I knew the week was going to be crazy. Rode bike into work and to the gym.

    Am very fortunate in the relationship department (in many ways) in that my partner, Rick, is also participating in this challenge. We took our car keys off of our key rings sometime last fall and hung them up in a closet and parked the bikes by the front door. This encourages us to ride more by making it more of a hassle to get the car than to get on the bikes. Besides, the bikes are a lot more fun!!!

  4. Rick Titone · ·

    This week was a unique challenge – I’m in Manila for work. Fortunately my hotel is an easy 10 minute walk from the office through a fairly pedestrian-friendly terrain. I see a few intrepid cyclists here, mainly weaving between cars stuck in traffic or squeezing down sidewalks. Many of my co-workers here commute 1.5-2 hours a day by bus, so I feel pretty lucky to be this close.

    I was car-free Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday night we worked late and drove to dinner with a group of coworkers. Thursday night a co-worker insisted on driving me back to the hotel. Friday night I’m going out with a former co-worker and her new husband, so I expect to be driven somewhere but not sure. Saturday morning I’ll cab to the airport, sit in airplanes for 20 hours (ugh) and still get home on Saturday afternoon (love that date line going east!) So here’s my question for the judges: since I have 20 hours in a plane and 4 hours of layovers, can I still count that as another car-free day??

  5. Even though my wife isnt part of this challenge, and I bet you she forgot I was doing this, but she did mention to me that she doesn’t use the car like she used to. Since moving to downtown she walks most places for lunch or to get her erands done. This week I told her how close the post office was to our home because she had been driving to uptown! Plus, the post office downtown didn’t have huge lines like the others do.

    I heard gas prices are high, but I wouldn’t know! 🙂

    Art

  6. Well, still no bus pass so just barely getting by.. Sunday and Monday were my car free days.. nothing but a couple of errands and out to lunch.. can’t wait until 3/1 when I can use my next pass.

  7. Car free day today – Saturday. Finally finished the major transformation of my bike from a race/road bike to more of a European commuter bike. Changed out the curly handlebars to the wide flt ones. It totally uses different muscles to ride (now that I’m up straight rather than hunched over) so I can tell I’m riding a bit slower for now.

    It’s interesting, now that I stop to notice, the impact of my car-free days on my relationships. The last few weeks, I’ve invariably spent some part of the day in someone else’s car. I felt a bit guilt about it at first (car-free=riding in someone else’s car?), but now I realize it’s enhanced my relationships in that I’m hanging with people I care about rather than zipping around all alone in my car. In an unexpected way, it’s brought me closer to people. Not sure it’d have the same effect if I was permanently car-free but it’s good this way.

    How to post a photo here??

    Photo: http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150096491545544&set=a.431326730543.244743.655085543&theater

  8. Sleepy Head · ·

    After reading your post carefully (hopefully), I am ready to enter the beer contest. I am not so great with the facebooks but hopefully this will work for you…

    Story to come.

  9. Sleepy Head · ·

    Okay, How has this challenge affected me. Well, first I pretty much have it made when it comes to transportation. I live a block from one of the best bus routes in the city (the 164, below the route splits). My job is directly connected to the bus, DART trains and the TRE. On top of that, my wife and I work together so we only need one car and carpool. And my kids are past the age I have to be a taxi driver (I think you should have a special rule for emergency kid trips but its your contest).

    I also ride a bike a lot…anywhere from Lake Ray Hubbard to Cedar Hill to 635. I mostly like to stay south of Mockingbird cuz people get meaner as you go north. I have 3 bikes so at least one is in working order. This includes a big tourer with a milk crate on the back so I can make trips to the store no sweat. I brought my Thanksgiving Turkey home on a bike.

    So as far as “challenge” goes, this has been a fun and exciting challenge for me. I don’t think it is going to be a big problem for me to finish.

    I think the biggest change for me has been on the planning side. It is easy to go most of the day without a car…but I now think ahead to avoid that “one trip”. I also try to make good use of my chances so it isn’t a challenge for everyone else around me.

    On the really fun side, there is happy hour too. Maybe I will save that discussion for later.

    Peace.

  10. callmemisspriss · ·

    I was car-free on Sunday and Monday, then used my car as little as possible on other days. On Sunday morning I biked on the Santa Fe Trail and the White Rock trail to get to my parents’ house for breakfast. Super fun! The Santa Fe Trail was great and I really enjoyed biking on a smoothly paved surface rather than on bumpy roads. I’m always on the lookout for roads with a smoother surface, especially since I ride a track bike. My parents are overall very supportive of my biking, thought they do worry about the safety aspect of me biking alone. My dad is especially supportive of the exercise component, but he is really skeptical of my desire to give up my car and use the bike as my sole means of transportation.

  11. Co-workers and family have been very supportive on my new commute. Some of my co-workers have been inspired to start using the DART themselves. My family has enjoyed the weekend bicycle rides around the lake. I can’t think of any negatives.

  12. Jenny R · ·

    I rode my bike to the train today.
    How has it affected family relationships? Well, my husband encourages me to bike a lot – but usually he picks me up from the train station, and occasionally he’ll forgot I have my bike.

    I left while he was still in bed this morning and I said “I’m taking my bike, so I’ll see you later”. Evidently he wasn’t really awake, because this evening, I was about to ride across the station parking lot to go home, and I heard my name and there he was in the car. He said, “You can put your bike in the car”, but I told him I didn’t want to take the wheel off and plus I had to ride home so I can make this count for the challenge!

  13. Jenny: I’m posting week 9 tonight. This will count for this week. Thanks!

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