Living Car-Free in Columbus
- February 26, 2014 7:08 pm at 7:08 pm #224787
Is there a more current thread for this topic, time to chat about all the new options in town:
Pedicabs, Taxi Cabs
what else?April 29, 2014 8:27 am at 8:27 am #1012049
Car Free in Columbus – Part 1: Getting Started
April 29, 2014 8:00 am – Walker Evans
When Oulanje Regan’s car died back in 2010, she decided that she didn’t want to bother with replacing it. The Schumacher Place resident works Downtown and realized that most everything she wants to do in Columbus is within a three mile radius of her home.
“I am very happy I’ve been able to set up my life so I don’t need a car,” says Regan. “I am within walking distance of the grocery store, the post office, the library, great bars and restaurants, Jeni’s ice cream, a lovely urban park… so many amenities that I value in my daily life are right here.”
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/car-free-in-columbus-part-1-getting-startedApril 30, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am #1012353
Car Free in Columbus – Part 2: Getting Around
April 30, 2014 11:04 am – Walker Evans
Many people say that Columbus is a car-centric city, but Clintonville resident Matt Locke thinks that Columbus is also a pretty decent place to bike.
“There are some bike friendly parts of the city, and the ones that aren’t, I generally stay away from,” he says. “Getting places by bike really isn’t any different than getting in your car. You just get on and go, and after you do it for long enough it becomes the norm.”
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/car-free-in-columbus-part-2-getting-aroundApril 30, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am #1012362
I’ve been car-free since February (I didn’t drive that much to begin with), I’m hoping I can make it work.May 1, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am #1012649
I have been car free for more than three years. Although my wife has a car I use Cota, Car2go, CoGo, Uber, my own bike or walk 90% of the time. With all these options it makes not having a car much easier. I live in Grandview Heights so most everything I need is fairly close or on the bus route. I can’t wait until Car2go and CoGo expand over the river into Grandview and the surrounding area it will make not having a car that much easier. I don’t ever feel trapped or stuck or controlled by the bus scheduled with all these options, plus I don’t have to worry about finding a place to park and I am saving a bundle of money.May 1, 2014 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #1012682
Car Free in Columbus – Part 3: The Challenges
May 1, 2014 1:45 pm – Walker Evans
Ten years ago, you couldn’t catch a COTA bus beyond 9pm on weeknights, and on Sundays the service stopped at 6pm. Chase McCants of Clintonville remembers that scenario well.
“I remember back in 2003, my freshman year, I went to see RENT at the Palace Theater and was stranded Downtown because the bus stopped running,” he recalls. “You had to own a car in order to get around Columbus, but you don’t see those troubles today. COTA has done a lot of work to make buses run more frequently and to far more destinations.”
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/car-free-in-columbus-part-3-the-challengesMay 2, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm #1012920
Car Free in Columbus – Part 4: The Long Haul
May 2, 2014 12:05 pm – Walker Evans
This week we’ve learned why several Columbus residents have decided to give up their personal automobiles and go car free. We’ve heard about how they get around town to run errands and meet up with friends. And we’ve heard about the challenges that they’ve faced in going car free and how they’ve overcome those challenges.
Today we conclude the series with a look to the future. Do people plan to be car free in the long term? And what sort of continued changes need to happen in Columbus to make it a viable options for more people to have the choice. Below you’ll find our interviewees answers to those questions and more.
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