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How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life

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How to Live Well without Owning a Car is a new nonfiction book by award-winning journalist and author Chris Balish. The book suggests taking a different path — a car-free path. The program in this book will show you how to live a full, active life without owning a car. And without a car to pay for, practically anyone can get out of debt, save money, and even achieve financial freedom. The truth is that tens of millions of working Americans do not need to own a car.

There’s no doubt that cars, trucks, and SUVs are useful tools. They provide instant, on-demand transportation at a moment's notice. They can haul heavy loads and help you run errands. And they can whisk you out of town for a weekend away. That's why this book does not suggest that you never use a car or never ride in one. This book simply argues that millions of Americans can get along just fine and save a fortune by not owning a car. When you do need one you can rent or use car sharing.

Living car-free in America is not difficult, but it does require some mild lifestyle changes. This book will walk you through the process step by step. The strategies in this book will help put you on the car-free path to financial freedom; or, if you do not wish to get rid of your car entirely, they'll help you save money by using your car less. So even if living "car-free" isn't your style, this book can show you how to live happily "car-lite."

Review:

"If ever there was a practical inducement to get out of the car trap, this is it. For the multitude of Americans stuck in traffic and spending thousands of dollars a year on their cars, Chris's lively and pragmatic step-by-step solutions provide a way out." Jane Holtz Kay, author of Asphalt Nation

Review:

"Chris Balish's book can help environmentally conscious Americans live their values. If you're concerned about pollution and global warming, follow the program in these pages. There can be life without a car. And a good life at that!" Ed Begley, Jr., actor and environmental activist

Synopsis:

You don'¬?t need to own a car to live well in America. In fact, you'¬?d probably be better off without one. In this groundbreaking guide, award-winning journalist Chris Balish exposes the true costs of car ownership and shows how car-free living can put anyone on the path to financial freedom. Using the book'¬?s car cost worksheet, first figure out how much owning a car really costs-you'¬?ll be surprised. Then, see how easy it is to transition to a car-free or car-lite lifestyle using Chris'¬?s strategies for commuting, running errands, taking trips, dating, socializing, and more. You'¬?ll also find hundreds of tips and success stories from car-free people in cities and suburbs across America. Without car payments, rising gas prices, and traffic jams to worry about, you'¬?ll have more money and leisure time to spend as you choose. Discover why getting rid of your car may be the soundest and sanest lifestyle change you can make.ReviewsView a video clip from NBC's Today Show: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25609661/ "Chris Balish offers a mix of the practical-a worksheet to figure out a car's total cost and impact-as well as the horrifying: The average American walks just 300 yards a day."-Sierra Magazine "If ever there was a practical inducement to get out of the car trap, this is it. For the multitude of Americans stuck in traffic and spending thousands of dollars a year on their cars, Chris'¬?s lively and pragmatic step-by-step solutions provide a way out."-Jane Holtz Kay, author of Asphalt Nation"Chris Balish's book can help environmentally conscious Americans live their values. If you're concerned about pollution and global warming, follow the program in these pages. There can be life without a car. And a good life at that!"-Ed Begley, Jr., actor and environmental activist"[Chris Balish's] prescriptions are feasible and most important, reasonable."-San Antonio Express News"Even if living car-free or car-lite isn't for you, you'll still learn a lot from this book. I did."-Michelle Singletary, Washington PostListen to Chris Balish talk about living car-free in Los Angeles on NPR's Morning Edition.

About the Author

Chris Balish is an award-winning feature writer, reporter, and broadcast journalist. He began his writing career working for Writer's Digest magazine and Writer's Digest Books. Since 1995 he has been a full-time reporter and television news anchor. Chris is the recipient of nearly thirty awards for excellence in journalism and writing, including six regional Emmy Awards. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. But most important, Chris is passionate about how going car-free improved his life and how it can improve the lives of others. He commutes by bicycle year-round and travels all over on foot, on mass transit, and by carpooling with friends, girlfriends, and coworkers. Chris is single and has a vibrant car-free dating and social life.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part One: Why You're Better Off Not Owning a Car 3
1. The Car-Free Way to Financial Freedom 4
2. The True Financial Costs of Owning Your Car 14
3. The Quality of Life Costs of Owning a Car 29
4. The Environmental Costs of Cars 43
5. But Can You Really Live Without a Car? 51
6. From Car-Dependent to Car-Free: My Story 61
7. Okay, But I'm Still Not Ready to Give Up My Car 69

Part Two: Getting to Work Without a Car 75
8. Car-Free Commuting: It's Easier Than You Think 76
9. Should You Move Closer to Work? 83
10. Mass Transit 90
11. Carpooling and Ridesharing 99
12. Motorcycles and Scooters 105
13. Bicycling 116
14. Walking 134
15. Wardrobe, Appearance, and Grooming 140
16. The Trial Run 144

Part Three: Non-Work Transportation 149
17. General Strategies for Non-Work Transportation 150
18. Make Your Errands Come to You 155
19. The Miracle of Car Sharing 161
20. Rental Car Weekends 167
21. Friends, Relatives, and Coworkers 171
22. Socializing and Dating Without a Car 173
23. Special Situations Require Creativity 185

Part Four: Living Well Without a Car 189
24. Try Going Car-Free for One Week 190
25. Taking the Plunge: Getting Rid of the Car 194
26. The Payoff: A Richer, Healthier, Less Stressed Life 198
27. Giving Back: What to Do With That Extra Time and Money 201
28. Advice for Two- and Three-Car Families 204

Spread the Word 209
Index 210
About the Artists 215
About the Author 216

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starchadstar, October 14, 2011 (view all comments by starchadstar)
i thought that this book was great. it is well written, organized and even slightly comical. there are plenty of stats and resources for further reading and research as well.
this is a great book for someone who is transitioning to a car free lifestyle. it's packed with tips and tricks on how to live car-free happily and without worry and clearly hammers home the economical benefits of living car free. it almost walks you through your first few weeks of bike commuting to work. if you are interesting bicycling to work, becoming car free, or looking for a few tips on how to make it all easier, i suggest that you give this book a read. i bet you'll keep for a bit as a reference.
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shiseidosky, November 9, 2008 (view all comments by shiseidosky)
How To Live Well Without Owning A Car is a great resource for those who want to know more about living car free. Chris Balish does a fantastic job of exploring what makes people so scared to live car-free, and offers sound solutions that allow anyone to begin living the car-free lifestyle. A definite must-read for anyone wanting to know how to live well without a car!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781580087575
Author:
Balish, Chris
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Chris
Author:
Balish,
Subject:
Automobiles
Subject:
Personal Finance - General
Subject:
Finance, personal
Subject:
Business - Personal Finance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.96x5.16x.53 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Ten Speed Press - English 9781580087575 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If ever there was a practical inducement to get out of the car trap, this is it. For the multitude of Americans stuck in traffic and spending thousands of dollars a year on their cars, Chris's lively and pragmatic step-by-step solutions provide a way out."
"Review" by , "Chris Balish's book can help environmentally conscious Americans live their values. If you're concerned about pollution and global warming, follow the program in these pages. There can be life without a car. And a good life at that!"
"Synopsis" by , You don'¬?t need to own a car to live well in America. In fact, you'¬?d probably be better off without one. In this groundbreaking guide, award-winning journalist Chris Balish exposes the true costs of car ownership and shows how car-free living can put anyone on the path to financial freedom. Using the book'¬?s car cost worksheet, first figure out how much owning a car really costs-you'¬?ll be surprised. Then, see how easy it is to transition to a car-free or car-lite lifestyle using Chris'¬?s strategies for commuting, running errands, taking trips, dating, socializing, and more. You'¬?ll also find hundreds of tips and success stories from car-free people in cities and suburbs across America. Without car payments, rising gas prices, and traffic jams to worry about, you'¬?ll have more money and leisure time to spend as you choose. Discover why getting rid of your car may be the soundest and sanest lifestyle change you can make.ReviewsView a video clip from NBC's Today Show: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25609661/ "Chris Balish offers a mix of the practical-a worksheet to figure out a car's total cost and impact-as well as the horrifying: The average American walks just 300 yards a day."-Sierra Magazine "If ever there was a practical inducement to get out of the car trap, this is it. For the multitude of Americans stuck in traffic and spending thousands of dollars a year on their cars, Chris'¬?s lively and pragmatic step-by-step solutions provide a way out."-Jane Holtz Kay, author of Asphalt Nation"Chris Balish's book can help environmentally conscious Americans live their values. If you're concerned about pollution and global warming, follow the program in these pages. There can be life without a car. And a good life at that!"-Ed Begley, Jr., actor and environmental activist"[Chris Balish's] prescriptions are feasible and most important, reasonable."-San Antonio Express News"Even if living car-free or car-lite isn't for you, you'll still learn a lot from this book. I did."-Michelle Singletary, Washington PostListen to Chris Balish talk about living car-free in Los Angeles on NPR's Morning Edition.
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