Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 7th, 2006 at 12:23 pm
*[Turns out this was just an art project. Read the comments to find out more.]
Just got a tip from a reader that someone is doing a Yellow Car Program in downtown Portland.
Our program was one of the first in the country but ultimately failed due to theft and vandalism.
My tipster said it’s no joke:
“I saw this car downtown and it had parking tickets all over. I watched someone get in and it started right up.”
The flyer is pretty funny. Here’s an excerpt:
“Why suffer through sitting next to under-medicated psych patients on the MAX?”
“Why fend off unwanted sexual advances and offers of drugs on the bus mall?”
“Why try to walk, only to get run down by a cellphone-distracted SUV driver speeding her way back home to Vancouver?”
“It’s like Flexcar without the needless bureaucracy!”
Anyone can jump in the car, use it around town, and then leave it for someone else.
Not sure who’s behind this but I don’t think they’re a big fan of Flexcar or public transit. My hunch is that they know this is not going to work, but that they just want to make a point.