Monday, August 1st signals the start of the second week of the Zipcar low-car diet program. The intention of the program is to encourage people to use alternative forms of transportation both to live a healthier life and reduce our dependency on our cars. I wrote a bit about the program last week in my post, Zipcar low-car diet 2011. You can also find out more by visiting, www.zipcar.com/lowcardiet.
Zipcar Low-Car Diet: Week 1
This past week Sergio and I have forgone our car, which ironically is in the shop. For the most part we’ve relied on our bicycles and walking to get from point-A to point-B. I have not used a single taxi cab or driven even a .1 of a mile this first week, which I’m fairly certain is a first for me.
How have we modified our lifestyle to accommodate the low-car diet? We’ve increased the amount we walk and use our bicycles much more. For example Sergio has used his bike to get to and from the college he teaches. I’m rather proud of him for being such a good sport and doing this since I never consulted him about participating in the Zipcar program. I may have caused irreversible harm to our local economy by forsaking taxi cabs. I’m not sure if there has been a solid week since moving to Boston in the late 90s that I have not used a car. All I can say to Boston taxi drivers is I’m sorry. However, I have to admit – I don’t mind the walking (even when its late after a fun night out at the bars).