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View Diary: Kossacks Under 35 : Going Carless (193 comments)

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  •  Yeah (4+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, Quinton, kath25, futurebird

    Zipcar or i-go (in Chicago) can be quite useful.

    •  can't wait until they expand into more areas (3+ / 0-)
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      Quinton, kath25, Cassandra Waites

      We share one car because it just didn't make sense to add a car payment, maintenance, additional insurance and gas when we barely use the one we have.  

      We always make sure when we move to live walking distance to a place we can grab a bite to eat, a coffee or (gasp! how archaic) a newspaper.  I hate feeling trapped in the burbs with no way out.

      Even if you have a car, there are tons of things you can do to go partially carless if you aren't ready to take the full plunge:

      Reduce the number of cars you own.  I read somewhere that the average number of cars per family in the US is something like 3 or 4. Think of all that wasted money on payments and insurance and the like.

      Go carless on certain trips and when you do take the car, combine trips

      If you can, live close to where you will work or recreate to cut down on mileage and time spent traveling.  Not just the cost in gas but the time lost in commuting is eating Americans alive.

      Get a bike and advocate in your city for more transit, safer bike ways, and safer streets for pedestrians.  Individual action is great, but it is widespread government action that is going to pay the huge dividends.  

      Political Nexus is now at Heading Left, the official home of BlogTalkRadio's progressive lineup

      by theKK on Thu May 29, 2008 at 10:57:17 PM PDT

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