I’ve skipped a month in this series, but my principle thesis remains the same: car ownership is unnecessary when living in a city. I’m living proof of it.
To review: I live in Downtown Cleveland without a car, which is an unusual lifestyle choice in such a car-centric town. I’ve been keeping track of what I’ve spent on transportation and comparing it to what I would have spent on a car.
If I owned a car, these would be my estimated monthly expenses:
Car payments: $250 Gas: $120 Parking in my building: $180 Insurance: $60 TOTAL: $610 This does not include repairs, maintenance, parking tickets or other incidentals.
Last month, spring brought weather that is much more conducive to getting around by foot or bike, which greatly reduced my use of the bus and Uber. And even when I’m staying within the confines of downtown, there is a free trolley I can take, which really helps when it’s raining. However you slice it, it’s a low-cost win-win.
Here is what I actually spent on transportation in the month of May:
Uber: $70.91 Bus: $5.00 TOTAL: $75.91
The numbers tell the story and offer a legitimate challenge to hard-wired training that celebrates car ownership as the ultimate freedom when, for many, it’s an unnecessary physical, environmental and financial burden.