21 Dec '11, 9pm

Unzipped: Car sharing takes a bite out of Americans’ drive time

Unzipped: Car sharing takes a bite out of Americans’ drive time

Kids these days -- they don't like cars. What's up with that? A new survey by the car-sharing company Zipcar finds that Millennials just don't see cars as the ticket to freedom that their parents did. According to the survey , 55 percent of Millennials have actively made an effort to drive less, while 78 percent say that the high costs of gas and maintenance make owning a car difficult. That's good news for Zipcar: The company says that Millennials make up more than half of its members. But here's a little secret about Zipcar: It's just cool enough to make you realize that you can live without your own vehicle, and just inconvenient enough to keep you from using it very much. A study earlier this year found that Zipcar users were more apt to use public transportation -- or just bike or walk -- than they did when they owned their own car. Double awesome, right? Well, yeah, ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-12-21-unzipped-c...

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