More than two dozen Portlanders are giving up their cars for a month as part of the second annual Portland Low-Car Diet.
The event was sponsored by TriMet, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Transportation, Multnomah County Department of Health, City of Portland, Bike Gallery, AMTRAK CASCADES, New Seasons Market Online Shopping and Flexcar. The participants pledged to use TriMet, bicycling, walking, Flexcar and other modes of transportation to get around town for the next four weeks.
The 29 Low-Car Diet participants will be given a free membership and $200 worth of driving credit from Flexcar during the month, as well as a monthly TriMet transit pass, a $50 voucher at the Bike Gallery, a free Chinook Book, free grocery delivery service from New Seasons Market and transportation information designed to make their month-long car “diet” enjoyable.
Should they complete the month without driving their own car, they will be awarded free hours of Flexcar use each month for a year and one round trip ticket to Seattle or Eugene on AMTRAK CASCADES.
Participants will keep a journal of their experiences of their Low-Car Diet throughout the campaign. Excerpts will be posted on the event website at www.portlandlowcardiet.com.