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How to Drive Without Owning a Car

If you fit the profile of a car-sharing user — a city dweller who commutes (or works from home), cares about the planet, wants to save some cash and get more exercise — the biggest obstacle might be choosing which service is right for you. There are several variables, and we’ve done some homework to try to take some of the guesswork out of the process. Here are some of TreeHugger’s tips for joining up with the car sharing movement.

1) This list [www.treehugger.com] (and accompanying comments below the post) has most major US cities covered, not to mention the better part of the globe.
2) If you luck out and have more than one service to choose from, check out the car-sharing shootout [www.treehugger.com] to get some tips on how to choose which one is right for you.
3) Ready to take the plunge? Read up on the conversion process [www.treehugger.com] from this first-hand account, so you won’t get surprised by anything in the process.

4) As far as specific services go, Zipcar and Flexcar recently merged [www.treehugger.com], joining up to create more sharing power and reach out to more people.
5) The UK’s municipalities have gotten on board, going so far as to create the first car-sharing lane [www.treehugger.com] to give drivers of the communal cars an edge.
6) Here in the States, we always haven’t been so lucky; both Chicago and Seattle have moved to tax car-sharing companies like rental cars [www.treehugger.com], which adds an extra 9.7 percent above and beyond the usual state and local taxes, in a classic “can’t see the forest through the trees” maneuver.

7) Car-sharing is great, but it doesn’t have anything on bike-sharing, pioneered by Paris [www.treehugger.com], which boasts 20,000 bikes available to rent on the street every day.
8) Will we see more of the same? Plans in Montreal [www.treehugger.com] and San Francisco [www.treehugger.com] might prove that bike-sharing is even better than with cars.