Zipcar's latest promotional event, the Low-Car Diet, will kick off in 13 cities - including Portland, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle - where Zipcar has a presence this month. In these cities, the company has organized small groups of a few dozen drivers to publicly gather and drop their keys into a lock box as they pledge to not drive their personal car for one month. Instead, the dieters will walk, bike, ride the bus, and use Zipcar's vehicles for 30 days. The company hopes the participants will, "realize that living without a car may be easier than they think. It will also provide a means to keep more of their paycheck while becoming more active and improving their health."
This is Zipcar's second annual Low-Car Diet. Earlier this week, Zipcar launched its first all-electric shared car in London.
Thirty Portlanders to Quit Cars for One Month and Jump Start a Low-Car Diet
Mayor Sam Adams to Join Portland Residents in the Month-Long Challenge **Photo Opportunity / Live Interviews**
PORTLAND, Ore., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, the world's largest car sharing service, is giving 30 Portland residents the opportunity to test drive a low-car and less-expensive lifestyle as part of its second annual Low-Car Diet.
In the midst of a challenging economy, rising gas prices and a nation-wide focus on cutting costs, the program gives participants the opportunity to experience the economic, environmental and health benefits of a car-free lifestyle. The Low-Car Diet will help participants realize that living without a car may be easier than they think. It will also provide a means to keep more of their paycheck while becoming more active and improving their health.
In Portland, the Low-Car Diet will begin with a kick-off event on July 15th. Event details include:
When: July 15th, at 1 p.m. PDT; event will last approximately 45 minutes
Where: City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204)
Who: Thirty Portland residents, including Mayor Sam Adams and Scott Brinker, will attend and participate in the Low-Car Diet
Speakers: Ted Wheeler, County Commissioner (Keynote)
Drew Blevins, Director of Marketing for TriMet
Lillian Shirley, Health Department Director
Scott Bricker, Director of the Bicycle Transportation
Sonja Biorn-Hansen, 2008 Low-Car Diet participant and DEQ
Bill Scott, Zipcar Portland General Manager
Local Partners: Montague Bikes, EveryDayHealth.com, HealthCentral.com, TriMet, City of Portland, The Bike Gallery, Department of Environmental Quality, Metro, Multnomah County Health, Chinook Book, NW Film Center, Amtrak and New Seasons Market
About the 2009 Low-Car Diet
Zipcar's Low-Car Diet is an annual program that gives urban residents the opportunity to try out a car-free lifestyle for one month. Beginning July 15th, up to 30 participants from each of Zipcar's 13 cities will pledge to give up their personally owned car for one month, choosing instead to walk, bike, take public transit or use Zipcar for when a vehicle is necessary.
The 2009 Low-Car Diet is supported by national sponsors and editorial partners, including Montague Corporation, HealthCentral.com and EveryDayHealth.com. More information is available at zipcar.com/lowcardiet.
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with 300,000 members and 6,500 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout 26 North American states and provinces as well as in London, England. As a leader in urban transportation, Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to savvy city residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car in the city. More information is available at zipcar.com, zipcar.ca and zipcar.co.uk.