It’s the number one question we get asked when someone learns that we don’t own a car. That baffled does-not-compute look of amazement. It was the number one question when we were car-free without kids, and now that we have kids, it’s still number one.
Somewhere along the lines of our Western society, we became all about the BIG weekly grocery trip. Like the only way to grocery shop is going to an enormous warehouse sized store, filling a massive trolley and then hauling home in our cars more food than an impoverished family lives on for 3 months.
Although, the trend might be reversing, at least Waitrose in the UK thinks so. (we can hope)
I remember initially when we didn’t own a car back in 2002, the mighty weekly grocery trip was the thing I worried about the most. For a while we did the taxi home. But the big Loblaws trip was what actually drove us to join Autoshare back in 2003.
Then we moved to the UK, where the combination of cost, driving on the wrong side of the road and heaps of transit options made us car-free for 5 years straight.
And your life adjusts.
We lived in a dense urban neighbourhood where our grocery store was a block away. We did smaller trips several times a week. We shopped in little fruit and vegetable markets, staples of London neighbourhoods. And the lack of car became such a non-issue.
And today, back in Toronto, family of 4, it’s still a non-issue. But we get asked, almost monthly about it.
And so, the birth of this blog. Our definitive guide on how to live in Toronto without a car.