Posts Tagged ‘car free’

Living car-free in the Motor City

Monday, May 7th, 2012

We’ve heard it many times as if it were a given: You can’t live in Detroit without a car.

Really? And what about people living in Detroit today without a car?

We’ve many Detroiters that for one reason or another, don’t have a car. Some might prefer getting a car and some don’t. Everyone has different needs, resources, and priorities.

Of course being without a car is easier in some parts of Detroit than others.

One amenity that making it easier for some is Zip Cars at Wayne State. Having simple access to an on-demand rental car can address those times when biking, walking, or transit won’t cut it. Wayne Students and staff get special pricing, but community members can use the program as well.

And it’s been very successful. Wayne State has added cars to the fleet.

Detroit Unspun recently uploaded this video which highlights a car-free Alex Briggs. Briggs gives some interesting perspective on lifestyle changes that have made biking a transportation choice he can embrace in Detroit.

Yes, Alex. Those Trumbull bike lanes are coming both this year and next.

Agreeing with the Big 3: Let’s curb car rental tax

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

In some Metro areas, like Detroit, it can be very difficult to go car free. One option is to simply rent a car as needed.

However, that option is increasingly more expensive as governments across the U.S. have added car rental taxes.

According to a Detroit News article:

Since 1990, local and state governments have collected $7.5 billion in rental car taxes. Often, the money is used to bankroll programs and projects such as sports stadiums and convention centers.

It really doesn’t make sense for locals to pay for stadiums and convention centers when renting cars. And Detroit’s Big Three and UAW agree. They are asking Congress to “to bar new rental car taxes.”

“The main argument used to support these discriminatory taxes on rental cars is that tourists, who are incorrectly assumed to be affluent, are paying them. So it’s supposedly some type of ‘luxury tax.’ This is factually not true,” said Stephen Collins, AAPC president.

“The reality is that a major percentage of cars are rented in the U.S. by low- and medium-income consumers. That fact is backed by figures showing that more than half of all cars rented are from neighborhood locations, not airports. This pattern of misdirected and clearly discriminatory taxation hurts consumers of all income levels, absolutely hurts American jobs.”

We agree this taxation is misdirected but especially as it makes the car rental option more expensive for cyclists who don’t own their own vehicle.