Car Ownership Cost Calculator

The Volvo has stolen $214,177.23 from our son’s college education. 

Calculate how many grande latte’s you could be buying with the money you spent on that last muffler job:

"The Real Costs of Car Ownership." 

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Report: Access to Car-Share and Bike-Share Is Worse in Communities of Color

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Car-share and bike-share services are making it easier to go without owning a car in American cities, but access to “shared-use” systems remains limited in communities of color compared to majority-white neighborhoods, according to a new analysis from the Shared Use Mobility Center [PDF]. SUMC developed a method to analyze which places have the most potential for car-share and bike-share usage across […]

Animation Explains How Bad Planning Makes Car Ownership Compulsory

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This is a pretty great animation explaining how American cities were undermined by a slavish dedication to storing and moving cars. It’s by comedian Adam Conover from TruTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything,” who also made this great video explaining the screwed up origin of the word “jaywalking.” The best part may be the animated version of parking […]

The Big Leap from Car-Lite to Car-Free

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While owning a car is a massive financial burden, economic incentives can still get in the way of the transition from car ownership to living car-free, even if you already don’t drive much. As Shane Phillips at Network blog Better Institutions explains today, it’s a classic problem of “sunk costs”: When someone is interested in […]

Bicycling Means Business: How Cycling Enriches People and Cities

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If bicyclists want to convince policymakers of the benefits of cycling, they need to stop talking about cycling. That was one major lesson of this year’s National Bike Summit, thanks to some strategic research done by a friendly consultant. So the Summit’s theme was “Bicycling Means Business” – and the economic impacts of a healthy […]