I didn’t think going car-free was possible: but it has changed my life | Funmi Shonibare

I didn’t think going car-free was possible: but it has changed my life | Funmi Shonibare

I took up a challenge from a climate charity – and suddenly my daughter and I were gliding past canals instead of sitting in traffic

I’ve always been a driver at heart. I passed my test when I was 19, and I’ve been behind the wheel for most journeys since. After becoming a parent eight years ago, I became even more dependent on my car, thinking that it meant security for me and my child, almost like driving was my duty. I couldn’t imagine a world where I didn’t get around on four wheels, but that all changed when I tried going car-free.

Earlier this year, I signed up to a challenge posed by the climate charity Possible to see what it would be like to go without my car for three weeks. Given I’ve been driving for 10 years, it was daunting. On the other hand, being a motorist isn’t always a piece of cake: low traffic neighbourhoods make it a bit harder to travel by car in my community, and there isn’t controlled residential parking where I live. I wanted to see if there was another way of getting around.

Funmi Shonibare a mum of one and works as a Travelex bureau manager. She participated in the climate charity Possible’s call to go car-free

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