The Drive Less Save More Family Challenge proves that families can make enormous changes in their driving habits with proper resources and a commitment to make things work.
Four families competed from all parts of the Portland-Vancouver region.
The winning family, Julia Markley and Lance Johnson, went from driving 500 to 31 miles per week! The Markley-Johnsons have two kids but found that with bicycling, transit and the occasional car-sharing trip, going near-carless was possible.
The Markley-Johnsons also found that shopping locally allowed them to do more shopping by foot and bike.
It was a neck and neck finish for the gold. Dan and Jane Hays came in 2nd place with an impressive 93% reduction. With four kids, that's an amazing feat!
How did they get kids to soccer practice and different schools? The family used transit, including the new MAX Green Line, plus biking and organizing car trips into one long chain of trips - known as 'trip chaining."
"We're amazed at how many miles we saved just by planning our day ahead of time," said Dan.
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