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Found another tool today to stay Car-FREE without sacrificing mobility when needed.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Okay, anyway...
I discovered a car-share program here in Rochester, it's in it's nascent phase here with only 6 cars in the fleet, but luckily, the University that I moved right next to last summer is the epicenter of this car-share project for our town! A friend in the show I'm doing was telling me about a program he joined in Portland Oregon and suggested I find one here, or start one. It took some digging and a few calls, but I did! And wouldn't you know it, but it's only a few blocks from my house! Right over my favorite pedestrian bridge and river path, how cool is that!? I LOVE my new neighborhood...lately, every time I turn around I find I am exactly where I should be right now.

What is so exciting is that I can reserve a car by the hour, a few hours, a day or even longer, if need be, so that when I NEED the mobility of a vehicle to transport things, or those rare times my barter arrangement with my neighbor to use their car, public transport or carpool won't work, I can now use this. Of course I've still got my bike and my hiking boots for the short errands within 5-10 miles that don't require cargo space.

I'm really excited about it and it turns out there are several large cities all over America, and other countries and Universities like the one near me that have these car share programs. If you're interested, toss me an email or a comment, I'll send you a referral and you can get a $25 credit (and I get one too) for free driving. Since the hourly rate is only $7/hour here in Rochester--which includes GAS, Insurance and 180 free miles per day-- that's quite a deal!

So if you're goal is to be leaner and greener-- try doing what I did, go car-free as much as possible. You, your wallet and the planet will be fitter and healthier for it! :) **stepping off my soap-box now :)**


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  • PRESHA911
    That sounds wonderful. I hope we have something like that here.
    4019 days ago
    We have Zip cars... but right now I'm sharing a car with a roommate, which means $60. a month & my own gas. Nice deal. I like not having my 'own' car right now- I only need it a couple of days a week normally. Hooray for greener alternatives!
    4025 days ago
  • BFITBY48
    Never heard of such a thing that is cool. I don't live in a city but it is nice to know.
    4031 days ago
  • _MAOMAO_
    I live outside Portland, but I have seen those cars. How neat. Even neater that you found such a close source for yourself! That hourly rate is a steal.

    emoticon just kidding!
    4032 days ago
    They have those in Ithaca (of course, LOL).

    It sounds like the perfect solution for you!

    And yay, that means you could even buzz down to kayak with me on Seneca Lake sometime!
    4032 days ago
    That sounds awesome for you! We have Zipcars here, but according to Google Maps the nearest terminal is 17 mins / 3.3 miles away by bicycle. Evidently it's $8/hr here.

    4032 days ago
    I've heard about car share programs here in Cleveland too. For now, I'll do my share by driving a Prius - but it sounds great for your goals!
    4032 days ago
    emoticon emoticon What a great find!
    4032 days ago
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