How to live well without owning a car : save money, breathe easier, and get more mileage out of life / Chris Balish.
Author: Balish, Chris.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c2006.
Description: vii, 216 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Subject: Automobile ownership United States.
Automobiles Economic aspects.
Finance, Personal United States.
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Introduction -- pt. 1: Why you're better off not owning a car. The car-free way to financial freedom -- The true financial costs of owning your car -- The quality-of-life costs of owning a car -- The environmental costs of cars -- But can you really live without a car? -- From car-dependent to car-free: my story -- Okay, but I'm still not ready to give up my car -- pt. 2: Getting to work without a car. Car-free commuting: it's easier than you think -- Should you move closer to where you work? -- Mass transit -- Carpooling and ridesharing -- Motorcycles and scooters -- Bicycling -- Walking -- Wardrobe, appearance, and grooming -- The trial run -- pt. 3: Non-work transportation. General strategies for non-work transportation -- Make your errands come to you -- The miracle of car sharing -- Rental car weekends -- Friends, relatives, and coworkers -- Socializing and dating without a car -- Special situations require creativity -- pt. 4: Living well without a car. Try going car-free for one week -- Taking the plunge: getting rid of your car -- The payoff: a richer, healthier, less stressed life -- Giving back: what to do with that extra time and money -- Advice for two- and three-car families -- Spread the word.