Day Four: Space for cycling*

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Begging for a cycle lane? – Photo by Town Mouse

Getting the bus to school is working well for us. By this I mean that we can leave the house ten minutes before school starts (never the intention, but often the reality), tear down the street, and cross the main road right in front of the bus so that it can’t move off until we’ve boarded it. We’re usually about two minutes late for school but nobody’s mentioned it yet.

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Day Three: A car is not a wheelbarrow

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‘Wheelbarrow’

Our street’s tug-of-war rope (every street has one, right?) is needed for the church weekend away. Could I drop it at a friend’s house so it can be packed into the minibus?

Er – yes…without using the car. I should add that the friend’s house is at most ten minutes’ walk away, but seriously, check out the size of that rope. Just as well I had a device in the garden that offers a zero-carbon rope transportation option, known as a ‘wheelbarrow’.  Continue reading

Day Two: Kindertransport

A mum was telling me this morning about an opera called Kindertransport.

My first thought was, ‘Someone’s written an opera about sustainable transport for children!’ but she then explained… Anyway, it still makes a good title for Day Two of my car-free adventure, and you can turn it into an opera if you like (or into half a dozen films if you’re Peter Jackson).

My main problem is, I don’t have one of these:*

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Saving polar bears in the suburbs

Tomorrow is Day One of what we hope will be a whole week without the car.

Shocking, I know! This subversive suburbanite mum intends to get through a week of school, kids’ activities, play dates, shopping, medical appointments and weekend entertainment without once getting into her oversized Volkswagon!

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The Easter bunny is carbon neutral

This extreme action was prompted by a number of things, but a moment last week brought them all to a head. Continue reading