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Published on June 25th, 2009 | by ZipCar

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Zipcar's Low-Car Diet: One Month Without a Car

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Last year, 300 folks across North America turned in their car keys for a month as part of the 2008 Zipcar Low-Car Diet. And, in addition to cutting congestion, they also walked 85% more, biked 136% more and decreased their miles driven by 71%. Pretty impressive, eh? Starting July 15, a new crop of participants from all Zipcar cities worldwide* will begin the 2009 Low-Car Diet: one full month of living without a primary car.

Zipcar will be selecting 30 participants in each Zipcar metro to take part in the 2009 Low-Car Diet. Zipcar and its partners are committed to providing all participants with the necessary tools for creating transportation nirvana, including:

  • Bike rentals
  • Transit passes
  • Complimentary meals at participating restaurants
  • Discounts at local retailers
  • And, of course, a 1-year Zipcar membership with some driving credit to get started

There will be a number of applicants for only 30 spaces, and Zipcar would like to make sure they’re the best. If you think you’d like to try an unconventional diet just fill out this short survey.

*Zipcar cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, London, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC.

Photo Courtesy tvol via Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Disclaimer: Gas2.0 parent company Virgance is participating in the Low-Car Diet.


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  • http://www.Greenertrends.com Kate

    Oh my, I love this idea! What a great challenge to go carless. I live in an area where it can be difficult to be without a car. I might have to try this out just to see if I can do it for a month!

  • http://www.Greenertrends.com Kate

    Oh my, I love this idea! What a great challenge to go carless. I live in an area where it can be difficult to be without a car. I might have to try this out just to see if I can do it for a month!

  • scott

    My car was stolen 4 years ago. For 3 months I rode a

    bicycle, riding up to 30 miles per day. At the end of that time I was stronger, leaner, happier and found that I had MORE time instead of less. When one has no NEED to be somewhere & transportation is limited, it is amazing how life changes.

  • scott

    My car was stolen 4 years ago. For 3 months I rode a

    bicycle, riding up to 30 miles per day. At the end of that time I was stronger, leaner, happier and found that I had MORE time instead of less. When one has no NEED to be somewhere & transportation is limited, it is amazing how life changes.

  • Jinay

    i too live in area midwest kansas and i did this for one year wiht toddler in stroller and it was a good experience not great but good. i learned to practical planning always keeping eye on weather. never complained about the rising gas prices, car ins, or repair/main… gained incredible back and leg muscles from that.. walked about 7-10 miles per week just carting shopping and laundry.. still i prefer having a car! its much safer in a car.. never have to worry about walking in dark with child in tow.. or having to go out in hot hot hot weather or extremely snowy or freezing temperatures with a toddler. took a bit of planning to make sure i had all the supplies i needed for each month as i had no one to help me that year. i learned that for myself the worst situation could be handled with practical planning. in usa its extremely difficult to do this sort of thing i think it helped that i had lived abroad in other countries. still i disliked all the staring at me and child in stroller as if they never saw anyone doing this… i felt ostracized from society that year.. but gained alot of self relience and mindset that i could get over the problems that seems devastating could easily be solved!

  • Jinay

    i too live in area midwest kansas and i did this for one year wiht toddler in stroller and it was a good experience not great but good. i learned to practical planning always keeping eye on weather. never complained about the rising gas prices, car ins, or repair/main… gained incredible back and leg muscles from that.. walked about 7-10 miles per week just carting shopping and laundry.. still i prefer having a car! its much safer in a car.. never have to worry about walking in dark with child in tow.. or having to go out in hot hot hot weather or extremely snowy or freezing temperatures with a toddler. took a bit of planning to make sure i had all the supplies i needed for each month as i had no one to help me that year. i learned that for myself the worst situation could be handled with practical planning. in usa its extremely difficult to do this sort of thing i think it helped that i had lived abroad in other countries. still i disliked all the staring at me and child in stroller as if they never saw anyone doing this… i felt ostracized from society that year.. but gained alot of self relience and mindset that i could get over the problems that seems devastating could easily be solved!

  • http://www.ganobrand.com/tomkern tom

    I haven’t driven in over 3 years. I get no offers from restaurants for meals.I bike to work & use my computer to do work all the lazy sob’s that can’t be done because they just don’t give a damn about solving problems.Some people just want to destroy economic freedoms of others. We need cheap energy that regenerates itself without harming the environment. And how much oil do we use each day that will never be seen again ? No brainer here !

  • http://www.ganobrand.com/tomkern tom

    I haven’t driven in over 3 years. I get no offers from restaurants for meals.I bike to work & use my computer to do work all the lazy sob’s that can’t be done because they just don’t give a damn about solving problems.Some people just want to destroy economic freedoms of others. We need cheap energy that regenerates itself without harming the environment. And how much oil do we use each day that will never be seen again ? No brainer here !

  • http://twitter.com/rathiskay Rathis

    I am selected to participate to this challenge, in London. Will drop my car keys today at 6pm.

    I will be updating my twitter about the challenge, so if you want to follow me: @rathiskay

  • http://twitter.com/rathiskay Rathis

    I am selected to participate to this challenge, in London. Will drop my car keys today at 6pm.

    I will be updating my twitter about the challenge, so if you want to follow me: @rathiskay

  • Ben Smith

    I was selected to do this in Washington DC! You can follow me too @plurbwoi This is a great idea and I loooove the perks!

  • Ben Smith

    I was selected to do this in Washington DC! You can follow me too @plurbwoi This is a great idea and I loooove the perks!

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