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questions about cars and motorbikes 

Do you have a car or motorbike?
Why? (what problem does it solve for you? what would you lose if you didn't have it?)

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@koosli I have a car - we live up a dirt road 4km from the nearest public transport, a bus stop serviced six times a day, and work and the kids鈥 schools are 30km away. So having a car solves many, many problems.

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@koosli Car yes, bike no. Given we live in the suburbs and I drive 50 minutes every second weekend to pick my daughter up and drop her off, it's absolutely required. Also, it'd be a pain in the arse doing shopping without it.

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@koosli Well, two cars really. A Yaris for local driving and for my wife, and a Cerato that we take for anything longer than local.

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@koosli We have a car (shared) because it solves certain logistical problems my partner and I have, with family and volunteer commitments. I own a motorbike (my own) because it's a bucket of fun

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@koosli further鈥擨 would be happy, some time in the future, to give up the car in favour of a share arrangement + PT, and we'd be better off in lots of ways if we did.

I would only give up the motorbike if I were desperate for the small amount of money I'd get for it second hand

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@koosli i own a motorcycle because it is fun to ride and gets me to faraway places for a fraction of the fuel consumption and maintenance overhead of a car.

i have shared caretaking of a car with my partner. it lets us take trips into the backcountry or even just out for day hiking/climbing without having to pack everything in on motorcycles.

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@koosli and, we started using the car for grocery hauls last year when we needed to space out our food shopping and started picking up more food than we could haul with our bicycles.

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@koosli Car (for each adult in the house)

It gives us complete freedom on when to travel and is a fair bit faster than PT for most trips. At times it has been MUCH faster for getting to work, as work has been on a different train line and the train network is a star.

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@koosli Would like to make them electric vehicles when I can, but Australia's policies are not encouraging it, and the state I live in just made electric cars more expensive and annoying to own with an extra charge for registration per electric km.

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@koosli I have a car, which enables mobility under time pressure. Although I have been thinking about an electric bike.

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@koosli Oh, just seeing your own reply - our vet is a 20 minute drive away because reasons (yes there are plenty closer) and we couldn't get there without a car.

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@koosli My family owns a scooter and a car. Scooter is for short distance mobility. We have to travel about 1.5 km for grocery and the likes, so it's convenient to have the scooter. My wife also travels to her workplace by it on days she misses the bus provided by her employer.

The car is for long distances when we have to go into the city, or we have to take care of transportation of the elders in the family.

The public transport system is bad where we live and not easily accessible either.

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@koosli two cars. We live 50mins drive from work, 20mins drive (at 70-80kph) from the nearest public transport, so not having a car isn鈥檛 an option.

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@koosli No car for me, I just don't feel the need for one.

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@koosli I have a car. The problem it solved for me was having shared custody of three kids and being able to ferry them back and forth to their mum's and all the other kid-taxi stuff. Now that they've all moved out and I've moved in with my partner, it's a lot less necessary. Though I've moved to a less PT-able part of town, I could get by without it.

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@koosli i have a car, it solves the problem of... getting me places? i would not be able to leave my house and go anywhere (work, groceries, etc) without it. i live in a semi-rural area where public transportation is a joke, and when i got it i lived in a suburban area where public transportation was also still a joke

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@koosli I have a car, where I live in the southern us you pretty much have to have a car to get around as there is very little public transportation

I'm lucky that my university has a bus system but that would only let me go to very limited places at very limited times

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@koosli living where I do now, in walking distance to the university I don't think I would buy a car

But my parents got it for me and I couldn't really go home otherwise or leave the city

And if I move anywhere else that's not like, extremely different from where I live now I will likely need a car. Plus it makes getting groceries much nicer

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@koosli I have a car because it鈥檚 the only way I can get to work. While public transit exists, it doesn鈥檛 go anywhere near where my workplace is located. If I didn鈥檛 have it, I would lose my job.

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@koosli car; social use and weekend use, often carrying three bikes. Looked into going car-free but no car share scheme seems usable in the 'burbs and when wanting to carry bikes/camping gear for weekends away

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@koosli yes we have a car. There are certain logistical challenges with our kids (need to get from work, pick them up and take them places) that would be impossible without it. Pretty much everything else is just that the car is more convenient.

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@koosli I have a car, husband also has a car. rural community in the US. town itself is served by a pretty decent transit system (which is free to use!), but we live outside of town and if you want to get anywhere ELSE, there is no public transit.

I have been without a car at various points in my adult life; if I were living in town again (as opposed to outside of town), it would be extremely doable.

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@koosli I don't have a car, as driving one scares me, but I'm thinking about getting a license and a motorbike, as here in semi-rural to rural Germany being at the hands of public transit can be really annoying...

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@koosli I don't drive or own a car, but my husband does. We seldom use it since we work from home and most things are in walking distance or reachable by public transit, but the car is occasionally convenient when we have to go somewhere a little farther away where PT is not as convenient. It's a 16-year-old model that falls afoul of current environmental regulations so it may have to be scrapped in the near future. Haven't really decided what to do afterward, it's a bit sucky not to have one when you need it but at our rate of use a rental might well make more sense.

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@koosli Each of us has a car to get to work. Both our home and our work are in areas underserviced by public transport (it goes in the wrong direction and too infrequently). The nearest supermarket is almost 2 km away which is more than we want to walk, especially with bags.

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@koosli Partner and I have one car between us. We bought it when we moved from an area that was well-serviced by car share companies to one that absolutely was not. Originally because access to supermarkets was just a little too far to be practical on foot. But it's since been very very useful to get a small child around who requires more specialist medical care than usual.

No motorbikes, but we each own a pedelec bike. In the Before Times they were to commute to and from the train station. But now I'm planning on using mine to supplant car use for shopping trips.

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@koosli we live in a small village. We need the car to reach a proper supermarket.
And to transport us and our dogs to a (more) hasslefree environment.
The car is part of our safety net.

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@koosli I have a car. Even living in the city I have usually been in jobs that would be a nightmare to reach via public transport. I also experience extreme anxiety and having a car gives me my own space and freedom in many situations. Previously i owned a van, which was a lifesaver as I've moved house many times on a low income. Where I live now I couldn't survive without a car. Closest shops are 10km up the highway.

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@koosli I currently have a diesel ute, which is a practicality for the type of work I do. It's also a hobby kitting it up for some travelling (4WD). I want to go on adventures and see the beautiful wild places and explore the west coast etc. I would like to get a motorbike but that would just be a toy for fun. Regardless of practicalities, I have very deep and personal reasons for appreciating the freedom a vehicle gives me.

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@koosli I had a motorbike but 10 years and 1 month ago, I was run off it by a careless driver who didn鈥檛 even bother to stop and see if I was ok- they sped off.

I broke my leg in 5(!) places and had multiple surgeries to get my leg working again so after that, I didn鈥檛 really bother with biking again.

During daytime hours I can get the train to work (I get free travel anyway) but I have a car because of the unsociable hours sometimes.

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@alan @koosli ouch. That's nuts. People freak me out sometimes.

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@Funkpirata @koosli 鈥淥uch鈥 is about right 馃槀

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