Are you a "Zipster"?

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    Sep 09, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    Zip Car? We had that program installed at my impossible-to-find-parking University...the semester after I graduated.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:35 AM GMT
    Hot bike, but you're kinda a big boy for those training wheels. Ride that pink beast free.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:35 AM GMT
    We lurves Zipcar! Car ownership is so...20th century. It's hip to Zip!
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:36 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThis is what I use to zip around town.



    LOL! I'll be picking up a Zipcar at the Rosemont location next week.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:37 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThis is what I use to zip around town.

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    Hmm...I like the tricycle you had the other day. There is no place for me to double on this bike down Michigan Ave.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    GAMRican saidWe lurves Zipcar! Car ownership is so...20th century. It's hip to Zip!


    How often do you use it and how much are you spending on it a month? If I may ask.

    With car payments and insurance I would imagine you are saving money. But for some it is not convenient to make one's way to a rental car every time a car is needed.


    I think it worked well in a University setting. Zipcars were at specific spread out stations, so they were always nearby when you needed one.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:40 AM GMT
    I moved to Portland three months ago and my boyfriend will be joining me later this month with our car. Living downtown my car expenditures between gas, insurance, parking, and car payments come to nearly $600 a month. Compare that to around $50-$70 a month for the same use.

    Can't wait to sell my car and sign up.
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    GAMRican saidWe lurves Zipcar! Car ownership is so...20th century. It's hip to Zip!


    How often do you use it and how much are you spending on it a month? If I may ask.

    With car payments and insurance I would imagine you are saving money. But for some it is not convenient to make one's way to a rental car every time a car is needed.


    I haven't needed a car yet in San Francisco. However, I've only been here since August 12th. I do sense a Costco run coming on pretty soon. icon_smile.gif Most likely, I'll have a friend drive me. Right now, it's about $7-12.50/hour or about $73-89 for the whole day. That includes all gas, tolls, insurance, etc.

    My estimate is that I will "need" a car for less than one day a month here in SFO.

    Here in SFO, in the City, it's a real liability to have a car. I sold the Miata in Honolulu and now have a combo Muni/BART Fast Pass which costs me $70/month and gets me all around the city unlimited. I hopped Golden Gate Transit for a round trip 70mi each way day trip to Sonoma County for a little under $15.

    Overall, my transportation expense has gone down considerably now that I do not own a car. And, if I need one for whatever reason there's Zipcar. I can reserve one close by in seconds, and my Zipcar card is what opens the door to the car. No rental counter hassle required.

    My Zipcar at Rosemont is $66/day which is cheaper than that $108 and up I was finding on Kayak for rentals from ORD. I don't really count "road warrior" transportation costs as a "cost of living", but instead as a "cost of doing business".

    I think what I'm valuing the most about the whole combination of novel transportation options is the feeling that I'm leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

    I like that...especially since I fly a lot when I'm working.

    Lou Malnati's here I come!
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    Sep 09, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI moved to Portland three months ago and my boyfriend will be joining me later this month with our car. Living downtown my car expenditures between gas, insurance, parking, and car payments come to nearly $600 a month. Compare that to around $50-$70 a month for the same use.

    Can't wait to sell my car and sign up.


    And I've had friends with cars go running out of a coffee shop to feed the meter...only to return glum with a $55 parking ticket. I feel kind of guilty thinking behind my eyes "I'm sure glad I don't own a car in this city!"
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    Sep 09, 2010 6:00 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie said

    Can't wait to sell my car and sign up.


    Make sure before you sign up you have a friend refer you. The friend gets driving credit.
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    Sep 09, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThat is nice that you appreciate your leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the planet. I am the say way since I ride my bike everywhere I go. And this is the one I really ride around town. icon_smile.gif

    My Schwinn Madison
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    But when it comes to Chicago's cold winters I am not happy on my bike. I still ride it so long as there is no ice on the road.

    Luckily I have Mom to help me out with Costco shopping. I luvs me sum Costco!


    BRRR!! I know those cold winters. I have several clients in the Chicagoland area. Of course they want me there during January. BRRRRR!

    I've also been biking it around SFO as well. Last Saturday I bought all my gear: Helmet, lights, lock, cable, pump. I rode about 15 miles up and down hills. There is this one hill...17th Street from Castro to Twin Peaks.
    I WILL OWN IT ONE DAY!!!! (In other words I will be able to ride up it all the way)
    In the mean time, I still have to stop on the way up to catch my breath, then walk it up about the last block where it might as well go vertical.


    My legs are starting to swell like tree trunks. YES!!!!