Six years ago, Bruce Wilbur did what most Americans wouldn’t dream of: he got rid of his car. And his minivan, too.
He started taking the bus to work not a common sight in Rochester, N.Y. and loved the switch. More recently, he’s been biking to work.
Getting rid of the car gave him his sanity back, the 49-year-old Web designer said, and saved him a lot of money too.
As a driver, “I tended to be prone to road rage,” Wilbur said. “It was nice to arrive at one’s destination without feeling all tense and angry.”
Car-free commuting is common in large cities with extensive public transportation, or in famously bicycle-friendly cities like Portland, Ore., but the surge in gasoline prices is making people across the country wonder if they can get to work without a car.
A survey by the Pew Research Center in June found 55 percent of drivers said they had cut back on driving in response to high gas prices.
However, making shorter trips or letting the car stand in the driveway isn’t a very good way of saving money. The real savings come when you get rid of the car altogether.