As Uber continues to make news (taxi medallions and licences are crashing in value), car sharing is blossoming.
Metro Vancouver has just released a report on car sharing in Vancouver:
Vehicle Reduction – On average, up to three private vehicles were shed per car share vehicle. When the avoidance of acquiring private vehicles was included, then each car share vehicle is estimated to have removed 5-11 private vehicles from the use of current car share households. Unlike avoiding an additional vehicle, not all vehicles that were shed would have been taken off the road permanently, as some would have been sold or transferred to other owners in the region or elsewhere.
Changes in Vehicle Kilometres Travelled (VKT) – About one-half of car share households with no vehicles prior to joining car share reported driving more after joining a program. In contrast, one-third of car share households with vehicles prior to joining a car share program reported a decline in driving after joining. Further investigation would be needed to understand the magnitude of the net change in vehicle kilometres travelled and implications for air emissions.
Apartment Households and Availability of Car Share Vehicles in the Neighbourhood – The number of car share vehicles within walking distance from home has a small but statistically significant relationship with apartment household vehicle holdings. This evidence points to the importance of acknowledging the number of car share vehicles within a neighbourhood (whether parked on-street or off-street) when promoting reductions in household vehicle holdings and adjustments to parking supply in new apartment developments.
Motivations for Joining Car Share – Survey respondents were asked to select their top 3 reasons for joining car share. Amongst all households surveyed, the most frequently cited reasons (each cited more than 1,000 times) were related to financial and mobility benefits:
- cost savings compared to owning or leasing a vehicle
- convenience of car share compared to transit
- additional mobility provided by car share
- availability of a car share vehicle near home.
Summary report here.