“Every shared car replaces six privately owned ones”
We need to adopt a different approach to cars if we want to avoid total congestion. Kate Croisier, market manager of Zipcar Brussels, believes car sharing is part of the solution and shares her view in an opinion article in De Standaard.
Zipcar, the world’s biggest car sharing network that is owned by car rental service Avis, offers free floating in Brussels since September last year. Market manager Kate Croisier explains why this could be an excellent alternative for many car users. Approximately 30.000 Belgians already use car sharing services, a number that has doubled since last year.
Today 40 percent of car owners in Brussels barely use their car or don’t use it at all. Still they feel they need a car because public transportation or bikes don’t cover all their mobility needs. Like for dropping off the kids at school or do some shopping after work.
“The challenge is to find a formula that encourages people to only use a car for trajectories that have no better alternative. Shared cars are part of the solution. You pick them up where you need them and you leave them at the destination for the next user,” Kate Croisier says. Every shared car replaces six private cars. Drivers that share cars drive one third less than people who own their car.
Too many cars
Kate Croisier expects that in 2024 23,4 million people will share cars worldwide. “The congestion in our cities will not automatically lead to fewer cars. In densely populated metropolises like Shanghai and Singapore the demand for cars is much higher than the available license plates. They are put off for raffle or sold for ridiculous amounts. Both cities are heading towards a situation where there are too many cars and too few roads to drive on. So people pay way over the odds to land up standing still in traffic jams.”