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Old 07-30-09, 10:30 AM   #1
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Anyone doing "Low Car Diet"?

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I probably should've been more specific. I mean, this.
When we first moved here, we went 4 years without a car, the public transport (Port Authority of Allegheny County) was pretty good, at the time. Periodically rent a car when required. Seems like a good idea with decent utility.

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Old 07-30-09, 10:36 AM   #2
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I'm actually on a car-free diet right now.
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I've driven my car twice in the last month, only one of those trips was to get to work, the other was going out to dinner with friends.

My wife uses the car on a pretty regular basis (she works from home and we're homeschoolers).

Our second vehicle is on its way out. neither one of us has used it in almost 2 months.
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I broke my car last night, so I'm even more car-light than I was previously.
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Old 07-30-09, 11:18 AM   #5
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yup. cut my car intake by 50% last year. donated the beast to local charity. tastes great, less filling!
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I basically only drive on the weekends. During the work week, it's all bicycle.
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Old 07-30-09, 12:47 PM   #7
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I usually only take one weekly grocery trip in my car. However, I only have a five minute walk to my classes, so I'm not really making any kind of sacrifice. Also, I currently have no social life, so no need to drive anywhere really.
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I'm car free as one has a blown motor (since late March), and one was sandwiched in a parking lot (in early May).

Both are on their way to recovery, but all that leaves is the family truckster, and the wife needs that for the kids.
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I probably should've been more specific. I mean, this.
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Yeah, I've made it a goal to do 7500+ cycling miles and less than 5000 miles on my truck per year. Have managed to accomplish this for 3 years running. In November my emissions test is due and I believe I'll make it. Have driven the truck a little less than 4000 right now.

BTW, a friend of mine and I are driving up from TN to participate in the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen in November. You going to ride it? My son got married in June and I had a chance to do the first 6 hills. Completed 4 of them w/48x28 gearing, but Logan St. and Rialto St. kicked my butt. PM me and I'll give you the details if you're interested. Eye-opening to be sure.
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When our second car got totalled we never replaced it. In the spring through late fall we put more kilometers on our bikes (and feet) than on our car. In the winter we use the car more due to all of the ice and snow on the roads and trails. But this time of year we can easily go for a week without driving. When my husband needs to go out of town on business, he takes the train. When we have to run errands in town, we either walk or ride our bikes. It's very difficult to find a parking place in my city. But we can always find a place to park our bikes.
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I'm on a "don't-have-a-car-because-mine-blew-up" diet.
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I probably should've been more specific. I mean, this.
I first heard of that a couple weeks ago when someone on the forums mentioned it. I had to search to figure out what it is. If they had that in L.A. I'd consider it. Currently I only drive my car maybe once or twice a month.

also, you might want to edit that into your original post or you'll keep getting answers about regular low car diets..
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I was up until last week and this week when the temperature soared to a saddle searing high of mid-30s to 40s in my town. Back to driving the car with a/c at max cool. Ahhh..... Enjoying my ice latte.

OK no nice latte. Food and beverage are not allowed in my alternate transport.
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I probably should've been more specific. I mean, this.
I've never used a Zipcar, because it's not available here, but it seems like it would be ideal for bicycle commuters. If you don't drive your car very much -- let's say less than 2000 miles a year -- the Zipcar would probably be a very reasonable way to travel those miles. Hell, taking cabs would be cheaper... when you consider all the costs of keeping that hunk of metal sitting in the driveway (not to mention the fact that you also need a driveway when you have a car...)

My family of 3 has a car and we put about 4000 - 5000 miles a year on it. Personally, I rarely even get in the thing and then it's only because someone needs to be picked up or dropped off...
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Providing this 'Zipcar' idea takes off, it'll be 2015 before it hits where I live, anyway, so.............

For the record, I'm a bikeatarian, no cars in my diet for years.
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Second the wish for zipcar in my area. I would be all over that if I could.
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I basically only drive on the weekends. During the work week, it's all bicycle.
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I'd like to use the bike for more trips on the weekends, but friends/family and some places are just too far from home to use the bike 100%.

I have been in the habit of using the bike to go grocery shopping and for short errands. It helps me keep the grocery bill down since I can't carry as much compared to when I take the car.
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I drove to the dentist last Friday. That was about the first time I drove a car in two weeks.

Low car diet? Yes. I don't own a car. If I really need one, I ask my in-laws for theirs. When not riding my bike to work, I use mass transit.
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Zipcars are great. Since I bike commute to work I don't have a car there. I do sometimes need to travel around the city to other offices. I take a Zipcar when ever needed. It doesn't get any easier than this. I just book it and go. I have tossed my bike into the car on occasion. Have even used them on weekends when the family needs to be in 2 places at once. Great idea that works. I can also test drive different cars this way to from Prius to Element to pickup trucks, etc.
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Zipcar is made of win, my BF uses it for the rare occasion he needs a motorized vehicle.

Myself I've been car-free my entire time as an adult, barring when ex bf years ago pressured me to get a driver's license/car. I had a Chevette that sat for months after I failed my road test, I sold it and went on a trip to Brasil. lol.

I've never learned how to drive, I don't own a car, I hate cars actually.
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Old 08-03-09, 09:24 AM   #23
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Yeah, I've made it a goal to do 7500+ cycling miles and less than 5000 miles on my truck per year. Have managed to accomplish this for 3 years running. In November my emissions test is due and I believe I'll make it. Have driven the truck a little less than 4000 right now.

BTW, a friend of mine and I are driving up from TN to participate in the Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen in November. You going to ride it? My son got married in June and I had a chance to do the first 6 hills. Completed 4 of them w/48x28 gearing, but Logan St. and Rialto St. kicked my butt. PM me and I'll give you the details if you're interested. Eye-opening to be sure.
Nah, my hill kung fu is weak. DD is serious. Best of luck to you, there will be much suffering, as I'm sure you know...but good suffering.
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I'm on a forced car free diet at the moment. My VW has been up on jack stands for the past two weeks, waiting for the proper brake caliper to be sent. Not really a problem, except for I have errands to run ALL over town today.
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Old 08-04-09, 07:36 AM   #25
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Yea, but I haven't lost any weight.
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