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The Bike, The Bus, The Boots — Tips and Tricks of a Car-free Life

by Peter Vader

People bike, take transit, and walk to save money, reduce stress (on themselves and the planet), and make better use of their time. So much so that while over ten years Minneapolis increased in population by 30,000, total vehicle miles driven went down.

This session is for people at any point on their journey to car-free-dom — from the curious to the all-in (anyone want to buy my two-car garage?). We will share gear, apps, and local knowledge that have helped us reduce car trips or even eliminate them altogether.

Topics may and should include:

  • Bike commuting
  • Bike-share
  • e-Bikes
  • Walking for health
  • Walking to get somewhere
  • Walkscore
  • Scooters and other new mobility options
  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • Resources and support

As a session jumping off point I'll spend a few minutes on what I've learned walking thousands of city miles and bus-ing just as many. Like how to keep warm and dry(ish) walking through whatever Minnesota weather throws and how to use apps to speed travel and minimize waiting on Metro Transit.

All levels

Peter Vader

I work with contract software developers during the week and other times I advocate for friendlier, safer mobility on twitter @petervader, and irl as a 3,000-mile annual walker, a transit app brown belt, and appointee to the City of Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

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