Yesterday the PM helped launch Cityhop – a rental car company who park their cars around the Auckland CBD. The cars can be hired by the hour with the swipe of a card.
They call themselves a “self-service car share company”. The hope is that – as it seems to have worked elsewhere in the world – the scheme will encourage people to take public transport to work, knowing that if they need to use a vehicle urgently in the middle of the day they have the option. The Herald article is here.
Of course if you think you might be able to give up your car completely here’s a story about a family in the US who have managed to recoup 35% of their income after ditching the family car for bicycles and a greener lifestyle.
Understand, this was not a family that donned Lycra bike shorts each Sunday for a jaunt down PCH. They didn’t own bikes. They hadn’t ridden bikes in two decades.
One year earlier, Erick weighed 355 pounds. He’d worked off 100 pounds in the past year, however, so was prepared when Jess replied not, “Are you insane?” but rather, “How can we do this?”