I have been a car owner for nearly 40 years and it was my primary form of transportation.
I live in Oakland, California and I loathe driving, particularly in traffic. My car was totaled when it was parked and no one was in it. When the insurance paid me I decided not to buy another car.
Between not liking to drive everyday, the costs of insurance maintenance, parking, tickets, etc, for me it’s less of a toll financially and emotionally to be sans car ownership.
Mass transit is my main form of transportation, a combination of bus and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority, the rail and subway system). I also use rideshare (Uber and Lyft) and carshare (Gig and Zip)
I have had some great networking experiences through UberPOOL through their Ride Pass (unlimited rides in a 30 day period, discounted, $2.99 uberPOOL, $6.99 uberX).
I had my first ride with a dog today. Previously I have met someone who was born the same year as me, 1957, and who came out at 15. I also met someone who is working as an HIV/AIDS counselor in the jail and prison systems.
I learned from attending #100Launches by 100 Black Men Bay Area Chapter that an Uber driver networked while driving and successfully pitched to a VC.
The chronicles continue . . .
Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, courage, compassion, and blessings.