Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Carfree: Possibly of interest
- Would be nice to be able to check how car ownership changed over time.
Anyone from the UK know if access to vehicle registration records exist?
Of course a survey could be conducted.
On Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM, J.H. Crawford <mailbox@...> wrote:
> Thanks for sending thia along. Joel
> At 2010-10-02 06:12, you wrote:
> >Of possible interest � something I spotted whilst on vacation:
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> J.H. Crawford . Carfree Cities
> mailbox@... <mailbox%40carfree.com> . http://www.carfree.com
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> Would be nice to be able to check how car ownership changed over time.This is a good point.
One of the ways to describe the benefits to the local community of
carsharing is the fact that the users have to walk a lot further to (and
back from) 'their' car each trip. As parking spaces are reduced to moved
further from the car-owners, usership should decline.
That distance is important to the carsharing company, which must locate cars
so that this walking distance will fit the length, in time, of the typical
trips. Each trip has, to the trip-maker, a certain value, for which
reaching the car is a cost that must be in a certain proportion to that
value. Car-rental can work with fewer locations and more cars for each,
since uses are 1-3 days each, while car-sharing, with average uses of 3.5
hrs, need a tighter 'fabric' of locations. That led to the business model
in which the locations are not staffed, the users must be accepted as
members and issued an ID card to gain access on their own, and members fill
out forms after each use, and when the gas tank gets low, is obligated to
refill it (with the carsharing company's credit card, or a system of
I often muse how much cars would be used -- or owned -- if there were a law
requiring each owner to park his car at least as far away from his home as
the closest transit stop.
former carshare provider; current carshare user.