The Hamburg blogger Anna Frost gave up her own car for MOIA for two weeks. So for a fortnight she only used public transport, scooters, taxis, car-sharing services and of course MOIA - all this with her two small children.
"Planning," says Anna Frost, when we ask her about the biggest change she has experienced during her car-free time. "The first few days were a challenge as I got used to being car-less and planning all the routes." Working with two small children requires complex organisation. A typical day may consist of taking the children to the kindergarten, then going shopping, heading home, travelling to a business appointment and then back again to pick the children up.
"It takes a little time to get used to, but of course it is also possible without a car. Especially in a city like Hamburg," Anna admits. It quickly became clear to her that every route has a suitable means of transport. "Of course I took a lot of MOIA rides. But it all depends on where you're going. We also walked a lot and took the scooter. Once, when we needed to go quickly, we also took a taxi."
Where there was more (time) effort due to the extensive planning, they saved time by searching for a parking space in the city centre. "I have to plan for more time when with the car, especially when the city is full. The search can seem endless, if one tortures themselves attempting to navigate around blocked lanes,” explains Anna's husband Jakob, who also sees many advantages of moving without a car.
Does this mean that now, even after the No Car Challenge, they will still be able to do without their car altogether? "Probably not," laughs Anna Frost. "Outside the city, I wouldn't want to do without it. And especially for complex journeys that don't just go from A to B and back, I would continue to take my car."
The two weeks without a car have nevertheless had an effect. "We've already noticed that we used to make a lot of trips automatically with our own car, but things went well for us without it. If you're used to it, you quickly get into the situation of making journeys with the car that would have been even easier to manage otherwise."
Of course, living car-free like Anna and her family is always an open experiment. Perhaps, however, this exercise can also inspire other committed car drivers to taking a small car detox.