During the 2015 holiday season we sought out two ambitious Albany residents, willing to give up traditional car ownership and take a chance on the car sharing lifestyle. Dozens of individuals entered the contest and it was truly amazing to see how many people were inspired to ditch their cars. After a lengthy review process, the CCS team selected the two people who just right for the challenge. To celebrate, we held an afternoon press conference at our new Lark Street office on January 15, 2016. The winners, Geri and Daniel, announced their commitment to car sharing for the next year and several city and state officials rallied in support for alternative transportation. Take a moment to learn more about the two brave “ditchers” and view photos from the press conference:
“I look forward to walking more and rediscovering all the small businesses and services in my neighborhood.”
Geraldine Walsh is a resident of the Center Square neighborhood and works nearby. She was already a member of Capital CarShare prior to her entry in the Ditch Your Car contest, due to having mechanical trouble with her personal vehicle. Walsh moved to Albany in 1983 from Long Island to pursue a degree in Special Education and she liked it here so much that she stayed!
“Giving up ownership of my car would be very liberating. In addition to being more economical for me, car sharing is good for the environment. I look forward to walking more and rediscovering all the small businesses and services in my neighborhood,” said Walsh in her entry submission. When Walsh discovered she was one of the two winners, she remarked, “I am thrilled to be one of Capital CarShare’s Ditch Your Car contest winners. What a great way to start the new year!”
Daniel Butterworth is a Capital Region native and new homeowner in Albany’s Pine Hills neighborhood. As an administrator at the University at Albany, Daniel works to develop community partnerships and promote community engagement. Butterworth is excited to participate in the Ditch Your Car initiative and to be free of vehicle ownership. “I’ve talked about going car-less for years, but there never seemed to be convenient alternatives. Capital CarShare is filling a gap in our city’s transportation needs. While I’m a bit nervous about this new challenge, I look forward to sharing my experience with others and hope more people will consider ditching their cars,” said Butterworth.
Butterworth wants to see Albany develop and support more multi-modal transportation options, with convenient car shares, bus routes, bike lanes, Uber, and more.
Follow these two as they journey through 2016 using CarShare, and many other forms of transit, in our upcoming blog- I Ditched My Car. And if you’re feeling inspired, sign up for your own membership– rates start at just $5 a month!
“I’ve talked about going car-less for years, but there never seemed to be convenient alternatives.”
A special thank you to Hannah Lux Photography for capturing these great photos!