Frugalistic Mom on What to Expect


No, I’m not expecting. But I am expecting you to click over to my guest post published on “Why Our Family Prefers Life Without a Car.”

The title may go a bit far — I mean, if I won a free Ford Flex I certainly wouldn’t turn it down — but it does share some of the unexpected benefits to the car-free lifestyle that we’ve discovered in the past year.

In the comment section, one reader said that they could not take me seriously because they didn’t believe that our 6-year-old could do a 10-mile roundtrip bike ride. It sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Especially since she just learned to ride a two-wheeler this summer and she is not the kid who LOVES to be active. In fact, when we are out on walks Pebbles often tries to ride in the stroller we bring for her little brother.

But it’s true: On multiple occasions, little Pebbles has ridden about five miles to a destination and five miles back, with little to no complaining. From our home in Alameda, we’ve gone to Jack London Square and back several times (4.9 miles each way) and to Rosenblum Cellars and back (4.7 miles each way) and to the Main Street Ferry (4.8 miles each way). OK, now that I look at it, the most she has ridden in one day is only 9.8 miles. Still though, we’re proud of those little pumping legs!

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