Cars are built to carry at least two people, usually four or more. But that's a moot point, when you consider the fact that urban autos average about 1.3 people per vehicle. We all seem to want to drive alone. America's cars now demand 38.4 million acres of roads and parking lots, an area of asphalt and concrete big enough to pave the entire African nation of Rwanda.
A few progressive thinkers have tried rebate plans for mass transit commuters. They've also tried pedestrian/bicycle areas in urban centers. But one very successful European system of sharing cars is now growing in the U.S. Neal Peterson is CEO of a company called Flexcar, up in Seattle. And he's the proponent of a concept too - Neal firmly believes solo car ownership is on its way out.
After hearing from Neal about FlexCar, we'll talk to a woman in Boston whose found car sharing happiness with a company called Zip Car. Gail Pat just didn't need a car that much, so she took the leap and found that the system works very well for her.