Cambridge, Massachusetts – Car sharing company Zipcar has announced the winners of its fourth annual Low-Car Diet Challenge, during which more than 30 people across Canada and the U.S. pledged to give up their personally-owned vehicles for 30 days. A team from Vancouver took the top prize.

Using alternative transportation methods, the participants estimated they walked more than 3,621 kilometres, biked almost 6,759 km, took 1,175 trips on public transit, and limited their combined car use to just 126 rides in a Zipcar. They also lost a combined 165 pounds.

Zipcar selected three participants per city, who formed “teams” and reported their experiences through video and blog posts that were voted upon by viewers. The Vancouver team of Brad Tollefsen, Ian Dawkins and Shawna Perry took home the grand prize.

“This year’s challengers demonstrated that life without car ownership is better for the wallet, the waistline and even the world,” said Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar. “Congratulations to the Vancouver team as well as the rest of the participants. I hope their example will inspire others to consider trying their own challenge, whether it be for a day, a month or more.”

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