Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bucking the driving trend

Sunday morning we drove down to Northfield, Minnesota to celebrate Easter with family members. Much of the route we took was on Interstate Highway 35, which has a posted speed limit of 70 m.p.h.  Being able to observe our fuel consumption rate in the Prius, I know it gets peak mileage closer to 55 m.p.g.  Although I'm eager to get the best fuel mileage, I also know how anxious drivers are, especially on a freeway, even on a Sunday morning.  So I decided to compromised and drive 65 m.p.g.  I didn't pass one vehicle the whole way.  As the old saying goes, "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, it still makes you a rat".

It takes considerably more discipline and strength to refrain from going with the flow, and not using all the power and or influence one might have. In order to live a more sustainable lifestyle Americans are going to have to change their lifestyles and learn how to consume less of the world's resources.  Just because one can to afford to purchase a large house or a big car, it might well make more sense to economize,  realizing that bigger is not better, contrary to a long held American belief.

More and more people are going counter cultural and forgoing car purchases all together. Instead they are utilizing public transportation and bicycles.  HOURCAR, is supporting this emerging trend against automobile ownership by providing hourly car rental in the Twin Cities area and elsewhere across the country. The Twin Cities also have many hourly bike rental stations around town c/o Nice Ride Minnesota.

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