Photo Essay: Members of the Los Angeles community, Angelenos, tell stories of living car-free in L.A..
Andrew Burridge, PhD Candidate, USC: "I think there's definitely a lot of that kind of second-class citizen persona about cycling. It's the same with taking the bus."(Car-less since 2004).
John Stevenson, Director: "I have no feelings about cars at all. I don't know how they work; I don't aspire to them; I don't care about them." (Car-less always)
Paula Hess, Magazine Editor and Single Mom: "Everyone said you have to have a car because you have kids- you can't possibly not have a car. When I told the kids were were going to get ride of the car, I told them it was partly for the environment and partly so I could go back to school—I thought I'd turn it into a positive." (Car-less since 2008).
Linda Hill, Bookkeeper and Bakery employee: "My girls don't like to be on the bus a lot because a bus can be overwhelming—it can wear you out...I miss taking my daughters places—they're pretty much homebound." (Car-less since 2008).
Browne Molyneux, Journalist and Randall Flemming, Graphic Designer: "For me not having a car becomes more of a class issue. I've gone from middle class in some people's minds to being almost below working class because I don't have a car." (Car-less since 2004 and 1996).
Esfandiar Abbassi, Consultant: "In the beginning, I was very environmentally motivated...now I've been more focused on the positive aspects of my being car-less. So, I talk more about the joy of being car-less and I focus more on the advantages that I am getting personally from giving up and getting rid of my car." (Car-less since 1992).
Joe Linton, Advocate and co-founder for the LA County Bicycle Coalition: "How much people pay for having a car is staggering. Some reporter asked me, 'So how do gas prices affect you?' And I'm like, I don't even know what gas prices are." (Car-less since 1992).
Lois Arkin, founder of the Cooperative Resources and Services Project: "I wanted to get rid of all of that stress around the cars and taking care of them and changing their parking spaces and so forth. And once one does that little twist in their head and really getting rid of it—getting it out of their life, it is a very big piece of new found freedom." (Car-less since 1991).
Melba Thorn, Artist: "If you actually try to move around without one, it's actually not that difficult—it's quite easy...It's really quite fun and don't get me wrong—the public transportation should be improved." (Car-less since 2008).
Ron Milam, consultant for non-profits: "If people ask the question, what's one change that I can make in the next month—what's one trip I normally would have made in my car, that I can do on a bike? Even if each person substituted one trip per week or per month—if everybody did that, you would see a phenomenal change." (Car-less since 1998).