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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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 […]

Measuring the Shift Away From Car Ownership, City By City

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A new analysis by Michael Andersen at Bike Portland helps illuminate how shifts in car ownership are playing out in different cities. Andersen reviewed Census data from 2005 and 2011. He found that households with less than one car per adult accounted for about 60 percent of Portland’s population growth. About one in four Portland households met […]
A morning commute over the Burnside Bridge in 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

How To Bring ‘Zero Auto Ownership’ Out of the Shadows

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Cars are so ubiquitous in the United States it’s hard for some people to believe it’s possible to live without one. But in order to meet a host of urgent local, regional and national environmental and public health goals, we must drastically cut down on vehicle miles traveled (VMT). In short: people need to drive less.