Flexcar: “So Hot Right Now”

As I posted yesterday, I am now car-free. Today, I joined Flexcar (free membership for PSU students plus 3 free hours!)

Anyway, Flexcar is apparently hot–Hansel hot–and they want you to know it. Here is the email I received from them:

Due to our huge surge in membership after being featured on national TV news programs, we are currently experiencing a delay in receiving and therefore sending out Flexcard “keys.” We anticipate delivery of your Flexcard to you within 2 weeks.

Thanks for the knowledge that you are “So Hot Right Now”, Mr/Ms Flexcar. I feel honored to be a member of such “featured” program. Now send those keys, please.

8 Comments so far

  1. Mr. Viddy (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    Perhaps I am just ignorant but how can you be car-free and then join Flexcar? Doesn’t that mean that you will still drive a car? I only ask because I am car-free also but I only ride my bike, walk or use Tri-Met. I do not drive a vehicle other than my bike. Period.

    Either way, kudos to you for getting rid of your vehicle, Flexcar is a great program and I think more people should consider the concept.


  2. Steve (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

    Flexcar had a promotion back in June for a free years membership for anyone with a promotion code (forget what it is now). So I’m sure they are still waiting to get through the backlog that created.

    Now if they had a Gresham car, I’d totally drop mine and use flexcar everyday, but of course they don’t. Eastsiders always get that shaft.

    I’ve used it once when I was downtown and wanted some transportation after taking max to an area where the buses would take forever.

    I love it, everyone should have it.


  3. Julian Chadwick (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    Sure…

    I no longer own a car. I still ride in my friends’ cars occasionally, and I take taxis sometimes and also ride on the bus–so I am not auto-free. Perhaps you don’t…I just don’t own a car anymore, and I probably use less gas than 99.9% of Americans and upper 90s of Portlanders.

    I also stated that I will get a biodiesel at some point in the future when/if I go back to a car.

    The thing is, I’ll probably flexcar it a few hours a month for groceries or visiting friends who work in Beaverton for lunch(i.e. Nike and Columbia.

    Also, my sister lives in Vancouver and to visit her and my nephews is a very long bike struggle and a very poor public transport struggle at this time–so, flexcar.


  4. Smashing (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    Why not justhave your own car?
    If you don’t use it all the time then it is no biggie… being able to get up and go at anytime in your car is wonderful.
    I don’t think much of Flexcar and it just seems really silly.


  5. Julian Chadwick (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

    “Why not just have your own car?”

    I probably will get a biodiesel at some point for nice coast trips, etc.

    Right now, if you read my post and the comments…it was a huge waste of money for the very small amount that I drive–besides the other reasons (environmental) of having a car.

    Why is it silly? Ten/fifty people use one car rather than having to produce all those cars…how is that silly?


  6. Mark (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 3:47 am

    I feel sorry for you, to tell you the truth. I love my car, even though I only drive it about 150 mi/mth. It gives me a lot of freedom, instead of waiting for crowded smelly buses. I can leave town whenever I want, for as long as I want. I can visit friends in Salem and not have to spend 3 hours commuting. I can drive to trailheads and hike all around. The car is the greatest invention ever created, and I am very happy to have mine.


  7. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 7:22 am

    Steve wrote: “Now if they had a Gresham car, I’d totally drop mine and use flexcar everyday, but of course they don’t. Eastsiders always get that shaft.”

    Not really Eastsiders, but folks who live in the suburbs. It’s interesting that Flexcar does business in the area of town where the most other options (transit) exist, but not where there aren’t good transit options.


  8. divebarwife (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 8:17 am

    Aaron – it is indeed a bit of a Catch 22 – I bet that Flexcar would have a hard time getting enough users in areas that don’t have other good transit options because the people who would use it couldn’t get to the parking spots without the other transit options.

    In Portland since you can get a bus nearly anywhere, you can take that to your Flexcar – in Gresham you’d be much harder pressed to do that.

    And Steve – if you were using Flexcar everyday – that wouldn’t make any sense either. Not really intended for everyday use (just ask Betsy! :)



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