It’s fairly easy to do without one if you make your housing and
working arrangements around it. I’ve been car-free since 1996, but
we’re mostly urbanites, so this may not work for everyone.
Most of my ideas come from a great UK magazine called AtoB.
- We live very near a TTC subway station
- I cycle during the summer, take transit at other times. A TTC
pass for $90/month for an annual subscription just can’t be
- I have a Brompton folding bike (amongst far too many others, to
Catherine’s eternal dismay) which rides well, and plays well with
others on crowded transit.
- Catherine can use rental cars (I don’t have my Canadian licence
yet, for various annoying bureaucratic reasons). They’re cheaper
than running a car if you only need them now and again.
- Taxis work for getting big stuff from stores. (Unless you’re
buying an eMac computer, which comes in a box too big to fit in a
- All of our furniture was delivered, at less cost per trip than
even hiring a U-Haul.
- We get most of our groceries delivered from Grocery Gateway
- We’ve considered signing up for AutoShare, a car sharing service in Toronto. A few of our friends use it, and find it convenient and