Monday, March 16, 2009


OK, so I know it's been a year since I wrote about going car-free in Cleveland. Since I wrote the story, so many people ask: Sell your car yet?

Finally, I can say yes.

As of this weekend, I will be relying on RTA and CityWheels to cart me around.

Letting go of my car keys this time feels nothing like the last time. I have been a regular rider of the bus and Rapid for more than a year. I know it can be done. And I think it will work in my lifestyle. I may opt to pick up a beater eventually, but I'm hoping I can make car-free work for me long-term. It can be done in Cleveland.


Christine Borne said...

Congratulations! I haven't driven a car in almost 4 years. Don't miss it at all - not even a little. Not having a car has given me an amazing amount of financial freedom that would just not be possible otherwise at my income level.

Christine Borne said...

PS- your original article was great! Especially the last bit about how you started to act differently after riding the bus for a while, and how people are more afraid of places than they need to be.

At the risk of sounding disgustingly gushy, it made my day!

Andy Netzel said...

Thanks Christine! This time around, I'm a little surprised how easy it is. Having done it before, I'm feeling all the good parts and none of the bad.

Rob Pitingolo said...

I think I'm way late to this party, but I'd say you've made a pretty significant step. Congrats, and great article.