I've come to the conclusion that I'm addicted to my car. Its true, I'm an addict, and I'm here for help.
My situation is fairly simple. I'm a single (no kids), full time student that lives within about 40mins ride of my university, I live right along a major busway, and within 3mins walk of a major train line. I work one day a week at a medical clinic which is just too far away to ride, particularly given that I like to sleep in on Saturday mornings (I have to be at work by 8am on Sat) and there are no shower facilities). The only other time that I can really see myself needing a car is to go visit my parents, however there is no reason I couldn't catch a train to the end of the line and either ride the last 10km or get my little sister to come pick me up (yeah yeah yeah, the lazy option).
So here is the idea. I want to ditch the car. But I only want to ditch the car for 6.5 days a week. What I need though is ideas of where I might be able to leave my car during the week, but in such a way that it is easily retrievable for work on Saturdays... yet not so easy that it becomes a viable option to wuss out on during the week. I'm not sure that I've been too clear but hope someone has understood what I'm trying to say.
I guess some of the options would be
A) leave the car parked (with a steering wheel lock etc) out the front of, say, a friends place that is about 6km away. this way its an easy ride on Sat mornings to retrieve the car and I'll have someone to keep an eye on it.
B) Suck it up, leave the car at the parents and ride ride ride everywhere including work.
C) Get myself a lockup garage some distance from home and use the money I save on fuel to pay the rent.
The car is a bit of a beater... its a 1999 Hyundai Excel that I've not exactly taken care of. The city I live in is relatively safe and as long as nothing valuable is left visible in the car I'm not too worried about it being stolen. Besides, I've got third party property, fire & theft insurance so that would help cover it if it were to disappear.
So... any suggestions? Option A seems like it could be a bit of a goer, but I"m sure there is something I've not thought about. Has anyone else tried this approach? Any success stories? Any dismal failures?