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October 22, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

GMC Student Ruth Larkin Blogs
About Car-Free Living

POULTNEY, VT—One Green Mountain College student, as part of her senior project, is examining the question "Can you really live in rural Vermont without driving a car?"

In Delicate Balance (a senior capstone course at GMC) Ruth Larkin of Poultney, Vt., is commuting between her home and campus about five to six times a week (a round trip of about ten miles) this semester. Larkin is also a wife and mom-her husband Tim has agreed to only use their 2000 Mazda Protégé when he really needs it. Their one year old son Zeb?

"He hasn't said much on the subject," said Larkin in her first blog entry that chronicles the project.

Larkin has vowed not to drive their car for fifteen weeks from end of August through mid-December, depending on bikes and public transportation instead. The blog includes observations on economic tradeoffs (they save a ton on gas and but invest more time and money in bike maintenance), preparations for bike travel in cold weather, and the quality of local bus service which allows them to shop in nearby Rutland.

Click here for Larkin's blog.

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