Car sharing offers another transportation choice and a whole lot more!
Parking, Congestion, and Mobility: Carsharing reduces household car ownership and vehicle miles traveled. It increases walking, bicycling and public transportation use. It also alleviates parking and traffic congestion.
Fairness, Equity, and Community: Carsharing increases transportation options for those who are least likely to own a car. It provides mobility and accessibility to all residents regardless of age, income, or ability. It promotes affordable, convenient, and integrated transportation choices. The reduction in the number of required parking spaces, allows for more open space, green space and tactical urbanism.
Economics, Housing, and Affordability: Carsharing reduces household transportation costs, thereby making housing more affordable and increases local spending. Carsharing is a desirable urban amenity making cities a more attractive destination to live, work and play.
Environmental Quality: Carsharing means less traffic, less pollution, less real estate dedicated to parking infrastructure, and more room for bikes, parks, and a nice deep breath of fresh air. Zipcar's environmental statistics include:
- Each Zipcar member reduces their CO2 emissions by up to 1,600 pounds per year.
- Each Zipcar takes up to 13 personally owned vehicles off the road.
- After kicking their car to the curb, members report an increase in walking, biking and public transit.
Active Transportation and Healthy Living: Carsharing promotes alternative travel modes such as public transit, biking, and walking. These lifestyle shifts create active-living opportunities and can improve health while also decreasing traffic, congestion and parking in urban areas.