When I told my wife I was going car-less the response was predictable “Well don’t expect me to *$?<>%=! well taxi you around, you maniac! – hey ho.
So, this is my first ‘partial’ day without a car as I had to drive it from my home in Kirklevington to Hull first thing in the morning to pass the car on to my colleague, Chris Lockwood, whose company car came to the end of its lease the previous Friday.
So, from 10am this morning I am going to attempt to conduct my personal and business life without owning a car – that’s not to say that I won’t use a car from time-to-time as I have signed up to the Enterprise Car Club as a fall-back when public transport doesn’t work for me.
I have also signed up for accounts with Uber and Gett (Taxi services), and I have my Senior Railcard and Oyster Card. I also recently discovered that I can get Senior discount on my journeys in London by registering my Senior Railcard on my Oyster card. I turn 65 on 1st December, so I will look into getting my concessionary Bus Pass tomorrow.
Interesting first day – worked as normal. During the day I spoke to one of my Account Managers who recently bought a Tesla. He took me for a spin in it – exceptionally impressive, and although it is an expensive investment the business case seems to work: if you use Tesla charging points, you don’t have to pay for fuel.
He does around 30,000 miles per annum and petrol cost would be around £4K pa. (This made me think about my ‘business case’ and why I am doing this: To save money on petrol? To save the planet? To experiment and gain insight to see how living without a car works? To get used to living without a car for when that day inevitably will come? They are all in the mix. More on that in other blogs!)
Caught the bus to the centre of Hull after work (ticket cost £1.20) and walked to my flat. Got changed and walked around 1.2 miles along the riverside to Halfords and… bought a fold-up bicycle!
It will arrive Wednesday afternoon, so I will accessorize-up accordingly and hit the road. Good start to my first day –
but note to self: buy some sensible shoes – as the ones I wear to the office are nippy and not built for walking!