You’re Saving How Much Money Going Car-Free?!

Public Transport Shortcomings The reality is that living in Northern Ireland, and outside of Belfast, there are times when not having a car can be a real challenge. My car sharing figures are a bit higher than usual over the past couple of months – because travelling bigger miles on public transport is just not…

Cycling Rural Roads: Vistas, Overtaking & Roadkill

Is it safe to say it? Has spring actually arrived?! It’s been beautiful weather for cycling these past couple of weeks – although still a bit chilly, as I discovered yesterday when I stupidly set off in shorts, and forgot to pack my extra leggings in my cycle bag. I arrived home over two hours…

Wind, Rain, Ice, Snow: Car-Free in February

  February has proved to be a tricky month in my car-free challenge, for a variety of reasons. First up, the weather has been pretty horrendous a lot of the time – a couple of weeks back, ice and snow were playing havoc with my cycling plans, especially in getting to more rural areas for…

Month 1 of Car-Free: the Stats

My first month of being car-free has been pretty great, and to be honest, I haven’t missed the car once. The main purpose of this blog is to track my financial & CO2 emissions savings – I’ve been excited to see just how much I’ve saved in just a few weeks already. I’ve travelled predominantly…

Car-Free Challenges & Lessons So Far

I completely expected going car-free to come with a few challenges – although I didn’t expect to encounter quite so many in my first couple of weeks. The up-side of challenges is that there is always something to learn in it – perhaps a change of approach that will make life easier in the long…

The devil’s in the detail

Some key lessons I’ve learned or been reminded of in the past two weeks: Punctures will strike when you least expect it. No matter how many bright flashing lights you attach to yourself and your bike, there will still be someone out there who wants to drive over the top of you in order to…

Ground Zero: My Challenge Begins

My name is Emma Keenan, and I live in Northern Ireland. I work as an Active Travel Officer for Sustrans. My job takes me into schools across the Causeway Coast & Glens area, working with children, parents and staff to encourage more active travel on the school journey. I’m immensely lucky, because I absolutely love…