Leaving the Car Behind


We have all heard the messages that walking or cycling can improve our health and fitness levels. Using the car a bit less is good for the budget as well. If you are keeping a car just as a little runabout you may eventually decide it’s not worth it, and you would be financially better off using a taxi on the odd occasion it’s not possible to use sustainable transport. Peter Willcox, who is the current chair of Transition Town Letchworth has explained his journey to reducing his reliance on the car. “Personally, I avoid taking the car whenever I can, and have done for decades. If you look, it’s amazing how many places you can actually get to on public transport. If a journey is too far to walk and public transport proves too problematic, I work hard to find someone with whom to share transport. The result of these decades of limited car use is that I think carefully about each trip, sometimes even concluding that, actually, I don’t need to make the trip.”

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