Yes, I stuck with the 5 W’s as an intro to my site, and even threw in an H. For those wondering how my carlessness came about, the idea was conceived in January 2008 — the car itself decided — and the plan solidified after two trips overseas. That February, I worked at the Berlin International Film Festival, my first trip to the city. I was struck by how bike-friendly it was,...
I’ve tried to write this post a couple of times, but I haven’t been able to do it without sounding like a major complainer. Which I am, but the Internet doesn’t have to know that. I know I am far from the only person living without a car. I actually know a handful of people in L.A. who have also gone carless. It takes a lot of effort. The main reason it sucks in Los Angeles is...
When I was adjusting to life without a car, I thought about how as a person in my 30s, owning a car was just expected. It’s what adults do. It took a while to get used to the concept of going without that major indicator of being a grownup, which is silly because the other people I know who don’t have cars by choice never seem less mature to me. They also make good cases for giving up...
My name is Karen. I’m a journalist and an Oklahoma native. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2004, I lived in the Bay Area, where my main identity was Scrabble-loving copy editor. On the side, I take photos, do artsy crap, listen to lots of music and turn people’s jokes into funny little drawings. You know, hobbies. Biking isn’t my hobby. Biking is my life.
Three years ago, I made a decision that would seem unthinkable to many fellow L.A. residents: I gave up my car. I live by bike and bus, and on callused foot. It started as a fun experiment, but over the years it became, as some have pointed out, my thing, so it would seem wrong to throw in the towel now. L.A. has a reputation as a car-dependent, pedestrian-free smog zone, and I guess I take pride...