DAY 3: Why We’re Going Car-free

We bought a VW “clean diesel” Passat in 2014. Only to find out it wasn’t so clean.

Hi. I’m Stephanie. We had the option of keeping and “modifying” our VW. That meant modifying the fuel economy and the diesel horsepower. Or, VW would buy back the car. We chose the latter option.

Carless in Houston? They must be crazy.

Now what?

We could have gotten a good deal from VW on a gasoline-powered car. We also talked about renting a car—trying different models to see what we liked. That had some appeal. Then Paul asked the question, “what if we didn’t own a car for a while—just to see if we could do it.”

Going on a car diet

Courtesy: Sightline Institute

It didn’t seem that crazy to me. (Some of our friends and neighbors probably already think we’re crazy; this will confirm their opinion.) I saw it as a challenge, like going on a diet or training for a race. You give up something and change your behavior in order to achieve a goal. In this case, we go on a car diet and reduce expenses, reduce our carbon footprint and challenge ourselves to learn how to get around Houston in different ways—and see the city from a different perspective.

So, count me in. Let’s do this. It’s kind of exciting, really.

Check back with me in 90 days and see if I’m still excited.

Regardless of what I may think in 90 days, I know I will have learned a lot about public and private transportation in Houston.

Photo credit: Houston, Bike and I by Adam Bakermannequins by David Shankbone, licensed under CC 2.0