I'm Jamie Fellrath. I'm your blogger here and thank you for taking the time to visit.
I've been carless since 2004, when my wife and I moved to Clintonville and I decided there was no reason for us to continue to pay for two cars when I could get to work using the bus. In November of 2006 I was given a bike for my birthday and started bike commuting later that month. I haven't looked back. I've found that I love cycling for transportation and that love led me to become a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor in August of 2009.
I started Bike Commuting in Columbus in February of 2007 when I was looking around at the many local bike commuting websites from other cities and realized that there wasn't one for Columbus. And I'd been blogging aimlessly for a while, so I decided to use my powers for good with this new blog. And in February of 2012, on the more-or-less fifth anniversary of this blog, I changed the name to Carless Commuting as my focus shifted slightly.
Now, I get around primarily by bus and foot - but I still have a passion for carless living. My family owns one car, primarily for my wife, and I still have the mindset of getting around without it. It's been one of the best things I ever did.
About this Blog:
At Carless Columbus, you're going to get advice, opinions, news, and hopefully some engaging articles about the topic of bike commuting and other forms of alternative transportation such as rail, bus, and walking. Everything is based on my own experience as a non-cyclist becoming a transportation-based cyclist. I'm not a recreational cyclist, though I certainly admire them and appreciate what many of them do for cycling.
I'm very opinionated and have tendency to "get my Irish up" about things when I see our streets and their designers being more concerned with speed than safety. I'm a supporter of the concept of Complete Streets and believe that streets are for everyone, not just for cars. Sometimes I'm not very patient with people who think that roads were built for cars instead of for people, and my writing will reflect that. I make no apologies for that. But I also have a sense of humor and hopefully my writing will reflect that as well.
More About Me:
Duncan is autistic and helping him and my family to deal with that is a big part of my life. I'm a supporter of Autism Speaks, a charity to help raise funds and awareness about this condition, and hopefully help out all these kids who struggle every day with this condition.
I'm also very passionate about health and fitness, especially for people who are getting into their middle-aged years (I'm nearly 50 myself). I keep active with obstacle course racing (I've done at least two a year for several years and have four on my race schedule for this year already), and am looking forward to doing my first Tough Mudder later this spring. I keep everyone updated on all my activities and help other middle-aged folks to get their mojo back via nutrition, movement, and obstacle course racing at Mudlife Crisis. Check it out!
I'm a computer geek by trade and somewhat by nature, but I also love the outdoors, reading, history, sports (I'm a big Notre Dame football and Columbus Crew fan), health and fitness, and a whole host of other stuff.
Thanks for stopping by today, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!