Drive Less without having to stay @ Home

zimrideRachel and I are on the go a lot.  This morning I am in Dallas, having dropped Rachel at DFW for a flight to Atlanta.  I am early for a three day meeting in Dallas that begins at noon.

A year and a half ago we downsized to one car. The previous year we had each put at least 30,000 miles on our cars separately. In the past year, we have driven a combined total of under 30K.  So we have cut our gas, insurance, and car payments (as of last month, the car we share is paid off), and we have seriously reduced the miles we drive, and thus our emissions.

I’m still looking for ways to improve this.  When we have needed another ride, one of us has rented a car – this has proven far cheaper for us than owning two.

Now I’m happy to share these other transportation options with you: Zimride and Carticipate. Both have Facebook and iphone apps. These are services designed to connect people who are going to same place, and thus reduce the number of vehicles making these trips.  I registered an upcoming trip with zimride this morning.

Until we can change the culture in the United States toward more and more effective public transportation. These and other such programs are a good start.

7 thoughts on “Drive Less without having to stay @ Home

  1. Steve, I completely agree, that living in the Waco area, the one-car idea is very do-able.

    In larger metropolitan areas . . . a very serious readjustment of life priorities would be required.

  2. I completely agree. Rachel and I have the advantage of living within 200 yards of my office, and 2 1/2 miles of hers.

    Two working adults sharing one car is not usually feasible now – but shouldn’t it be? If the government had put even 10% of the money into public transportation that has been put into highway development over the past 40 years, might things look a bit different (and a LOT greener) now?

  3. Nice post, Steve. And congratulations for reaching no-car-payment status. That is always a great feeling.

    One thing cities can do, too, is build more bike trails and lanes. When I lived in Tucson, which is quite bike-friendly, I went for a while without a car. I moved from there to Houston, which is a very bike-UN-friendly city. There just are very few allowances for bicycles on the roads here, and therefore you really put your well-being on the line every time you go out.

    I currently live close enough to bike to work, but I haven’t started yet (keep just thinking about it). One concern is arriving to work all sweaty (you know, it’s plenty hot and humid even at 7:30 a.m. here). But anyway, thanks for continuing to push these ideas. With increased fire under the butt, I am more likely to at least give it a try.

  4. I once gave up my car completely for lent (I did NOT live in Waco at the time), and doing the math it was cheaper to take a cab for the occasion trips that were too far to walk than it was to own and maintain my car.

    Of course, I went back to driving (although I still got around on the train mostly), but I would love to live in a way that didn’t require having a car… if you’ve found a way to make it work in Waco, let me know. 🙂 In the meantime, I’ll check your trips and see if I need a ride to the same places!

  5. Y’all are an inspiration! I did carpool today, but I admit it’s primarily because my car wouldn’t start yesterday and it’s in my driveway waiting for the mechanic to have a look. I can do better than that!

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