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Does anyone live without a CAR & how do you do it??...

I would like to not own a car. Does anyone have creative ideas about how to do this living in (Bozeman)town? Is it possible??? Thanks.

POSTED: 2005-02-09

I've been without a car for 10 years. I've been in Bozeman for 6 months. I will admit it can be frustrating with the lack of public transportation.
My first suggestion is to get a comfy pair of shoes for walking or a bike. I walk everywhere I can. I recommend a cd player/walkman. It helps.
For big trips like groceries, laundry or Target (etc) I either wait until someone invites me OR ask a friend if they wouldn't mind letting me know the next time they make a trip.
MSU has a bus, but I do not know if it is available to the public.
It is not impossible, but it is difficult. The stores within walking distance tend to be more expensive. You are also limited to the amount of laundry or other heavy items you can carry. I am looking into a wagon or cart (it may be dorky, but it would help).
I wouldn't discourage you, but I do suggest making a grocery getting date with a friend.
Good luck. If you come up with any solutions, please post them. I would love to hear what you've found!

POSTED: 2005-02-10 20:56:50

Bozeman's only bus system is part of the campus, you have to be a student to ride it. About half a year ago or so I got a survey via email, asking my opinion of a bus system in Bozeman; I gave them an emphatic yes! But, I don't know what's currently being done towards that.

POSTED: 2005-10-03 14:21:26

We're getting a little closer to reducing the need for a car. Streamline busses are now free and open to the public. Check out http://www.streamlinebus.com/ for schedules and routes.

POSTED: 2007-02-16 13:57:52

get a bicycle, it's usually faster than driving and good for you.

POSTED: 2007-04-29 23:50:41

I really have to disagree with riding a bike in Bozeman, it is crazy dangerous. I have been hit hard, and many of my friends as well. If you are going to ride a bike in this town, forget the rules! Go against traffic so you can see if they are going to hit you and stick to the sidewalks as much as possible. The police may hassle you, but screw it, your safety is more important than the rules. I got hit by a truck because I was following the rules. I got stopped twice by the city police about riding counter to traffic and riding on the sidewalks; so I decided to follow the rules. Two days later I got hit by a big truck, with my son on the bike too no less. The good news is that he was not seriously injured, and we are both alive. Two years and three hand surgeries later, I have taken my bike out only a few times since the accident. I stuck to the sidewalks, but that isn't a panacea against the cell phone gabbing, latte sucking, non-signaling, lane ignorant, SUV lemming, comatose, bozone non-driver. 360 degree awareness my friends, that is the only thing that can save you.

POSTED: 2008-01-25 01:18:10


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