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6 Tips to Free Yourself from Your Car

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2. Rail (Light, High-Speed, Underground, etc)
The other big player in public transit, rail tends to be more expensive than bus systems, but it has other benefits, like not sharing the road with cars and trucks and it is easier to electrify (making its operation greener).

Ideally, all cities of a certain size would have light-rail/subways within the city limits, and high-speed rail would link big cities so that people and freight could use it as an alternative to airplanes and trucks.

A national survey of Americans shows broad support for more investments in public transit (which means primarily buses, mentioned above, and various types of rail), and a National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) shows that there’s been a 23.5% increase in the share of trips done using transit.

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11:34PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

A nice list but there is one important tip I think should be added: Delivery.
One of the many reasons for owning a car is that it makes shopping much easier relative to other transport options. But the easiest way of all is to have shopping home delivered. One delivery van going to many households is far more efficient than each household driving to a shopping centre.

For spontaneous purchases, almost any bicycle can be set up to carry a decent load of shopping.

Getting your shopping delivered need not be boring and unsocial. Setting up a veggie-box co-op with neighbours means that once every few weeks you can take a trip to local markets, buy in bulk and personally deliver to several households.

Delivery can be the difference between needing your own car and not.

8:23PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

it's pretty critical in this town

1:07PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

I haven't owned a car in 16yrs. It feels Great!

11:19AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

what we need to do is get the vast majority of people who never think about such things to start thinking. leading by example is one good way. then talk to people about the choices you make and explain why. sometimes you can actually see the light go on in their heads.

2:01PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

thanks

3:43PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

thanks for the info

9:20AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

I lived in San Francisco for 14 years without a car. It was lovely. Now I live in LA and with my schedule and commute a car is mandatory. How I miss the simpler days.

6:13PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

thanks

6:23AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

These are all great ideas, especially walking and biking when possible because you are also keeping yourself in shape. This is also great time management as you can commute and exercise at the same time. However, sometimes you do want or need a car, and in those cases the bigger problem isn't the CAR, it's the FUEL. Let's add electric vehicles to the list of solutions. Even if the electricity is generated by a coal plant, it's so much more efficient than petro burning cars you're still polluting less. As we (hopefully expedite) transition to solar and other clean energy, we'll have the convenience and comfort of a car and be green too!

1:07PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

What about the Plain thee American use also, the poor cannot afford the cars

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