Owning a car is expensive. Paying for the car, the insurance, maintenance, and gas among other things adds up to a huge chunk of our income.
Last week, I drove to Chicago. I've also taken Amtrak, and I've flown. But a friend suggested that I might check out the Megabus.
On Sunday, the Curbing Cars web site will kick off My Transportation Diary, a feature that's tracking how people get around. Want to take part?
It's called "12 O'Clock Boys," and it's the documentary I'm most looking forward to seeing next year.
I'll also add that Micki will give away this Bob Lutz/Bob Eaton autographed photo to anyone who contributes in a multiple of $11 (that's how they'll know you came from Jalopnik) if it gets funded. I think this is a worthwhile cause and, so, an eBook plus a shot at getting a pic of Lutz seems like a good deal to me!
I've learned a lot in the month since I've been writing Curbing Cars here on Kinja. One is that we all love cars. Another is that they can leave big holes in our pockets.
I can't wait to read the comments. I have a 17 year old niece who has zero interest. I imagine if her parents didn't drive her she might change her tune.
The University of Michigan talked to 600 young adults about why they haven't gotten their driver's licenses. Some say can't be bothered. Some have other ways to get around.
You've seen all those statistics on people driving less. There hasn't really been an umbrella term for the idea of people cutting back on car use, and relying on different kinds of transportation. Until now.
Well, we sure touched a nerve this week with our innocuous story on bike sharing coming to Columbus, Ohio. It seems Buckeyes don't think of their city as just a college town, and they gave me an earful on Twitter.
I've spent a lot of time researching car prices for the Curbing Cars ebook. This weekend, I wrote a story for Forbes about the top three reasons why people are driving less, and the number one reason is the expense.
To the bike sharing programs in Paris, New York, Chicago and Chattanooga, add Detroit. But only if billionaire Dan Gilbert lets you use it.
People want to hate the French, but it's hard to top Paris for food, fashion and romance. It also can claim to be the most enthusiastic bike sharing city on the planet.
Bike sharing is like anything else on wheels. There are always some problems at the beginning. Things break down. The economics doesn't pan out the way you think. And people often don't have the good sense to wear a helmet.
Move over, Elon Musk. For now, Detroit — the city — is in the news because of its Chapter 9 bankruptcy.