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Car-Free Blogs

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Dang! There are a crapload of car-free blogs out there. Hanging out with my friend Kurt the other day, who is six weeks into chronicling his just-begin year sans automobile,  got me wondering just how many car-free blogs there might be. A quick Google search on “car-free blogs” turned up 181,000 hits, including a few particularly interesting ones:

Car-Free USA blog is the first hit on the list. Self-described as “A blog promoting the joys of car free life in the USA.” The blogger behind it is Brian Smith, a communications guy at the Oakland-based environmental group EarthJustice, who I met last year at a meetup for

WorldChanging.com‘s team of Bay-Area contributors.

There’s Carfree Family, by Paul Cooley, a 41 year-old father in Santa Fe.

There are a slew of blogs about World Car-Free Day, including some of its local iterations.

There’s even a link to an index of all blogs on WordPress.com that contain the tag car-free. (This post will no doubt turn up there once I hit Publish.)

One of the best is the Year of Living Car-lessly, an experiment undertaken by Alan Durning, executive director of the Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think tank. After his teenage son totaled the family car, they decided to simply not replace it.

And in a bit of cruel irony, the sponsored link that turned up above that Google search was an ad for MotorAddicts.com.

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Written by leifutne

February 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

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  1. In typical, internet-age, naval gazing, I was looking into references to my blog on other blogs and came across yours. I wanted to thank you for rating my blog “particularly interesting.” I had not idea there were so many carfree blogs out there. While I’m a blogger, I try to steer clear of the internet. It’s a great big time sink.

    Anyway, we’re celebrating our fourth anniversary of being carfree. My honeybees are reproducing wildly. I will at least double the number of hives I have this year, so I’m finally having to get out there and bicycle bee hives around the city. (They have literally taken over my backyard). I joke that the disappearing honeybees are coming to my house.

    So there you have it: bicycling, beekeeping, and parenting — a natural mix? I’m not so sure, but it works for us. Micro-agriculture by bicycle is the wave of the future. I hope.

    Paul Cooley

    May 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm

  2. I don’t have a Car-Free blog, but did create a few car-free websites, including:

    Car Free in Jacksonville (http://lewyn.tripod.com/carfreeinjacksonville) (the only one that is really up to date)

    Car Free in Atlanta (http://lewyn.tripod.com)

    And some older ones (Buffalo and Cleveland) linked to from those.

    Michael Lewyn

    December 1, 2008 at 4:42 pm


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