I've been happily car free for the past two years living in the small city of Portland, Maine. Portland is a highly walkable city (my neighborhood rates in the high 90s on Walk Score) where a 20 minute stroll will put you just about anywhere on the peninsula. I live within a mile of three grocery stores, a stones throw from scores of great restaurants, and a quick hop from coffee shops and the library. When my destination is too far too walk or I am pressed for time I hop on my electric bike and, more often than not, can get through traffic quicker than people stuck in cars.
But even still, sometimes you need a car. One those occasions I just jump online and reserve a car for an hour from UCar Share, the new car share service from Uhaul. It's fast, easy, and cheap- less than $10/hour covers everything from the cost of the rental to gas to insurance. It's beautiful.
The customer service is top notch- I've only had a couple issues pop up during the few months that I've been using them but have been blown away every time by the great response from the UCar Share customer support people. I was so happy after one incident that I took the time to write a letter of thanks to UHaul's President JT Taylor (thanks Cassandra!).
It costs $25 up front to join but after that the savings quickly add up. I spend about $100 a month on the service, way more than I would have to pay out of pocket if I owned a car myself.
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