The Car is Becoming Less Important

I read an interesting article from Denver Urbanism today. It is part of a common conversation lately. Many young folks simply don’t see cars the same way the older generations see them.

My wife and I, for example, own one car between the two of us. Even with a son on the way, we just don’t see the need for another car. Our car isn’t even used for commuting to and from work. We have planned our lives around the idea that one car is enough for a family. Not that we don’t recognize the utility of cars. We use ours for various errands and to visit friends and family. Most days though, it just sits in our driveway.

The fact is, many major cities make it easy to get around without a car. Our lovely mile high city of Denver has excellent bicycle infrastructure, a large public transportation system, and the first large scale bike share system in the USA. I hope in the future, many families and individuals will find it easy to go car-lite or even car-free.

Number 10

  1. 1989 Ford Tempo GL
  2. 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity
  3. 1996 Toyota Paseo – Rolled, took a piece of me with it. Died at 101,000 miles.
  4. 1988 Subaru XT6 – Alive when I sold it. Sold at 115,000 miles.
  5. 1986 Subaru XT Turbo – Sort of alive, sort of dead. Mileage unknown, was on its third motor.
  6. 1988 Subaru GL Station Wagon – Living its life out as a farm wagon somewhere in NE Colorado. Complete with rust holes the size of tennis balls. Sold at 208,000 miles
  7. 1984 Subaru GL Turbo Wagon – Dead, parted out, living as pieces of other early 80s Turbo Subarus
  8. 1989 Subaru GL Coupe – Sold to live the rest of its life in New Jersey. Complete with giant rust holes in doors and 260,000 mile body with 112,000 mile engine.
  9. 1994 Subaru Loyale Station Wagon – Sold this last weekend, living as a commuter w/ 215,000 miles
  10. 1988 Subaru RX – Alive and kicking with its EJ25!

For those keeping track, I’m on my tenth car. That’s ten cars since November of 2001. That’s an average of 1.43 cars per year.