Carsharing is becoming an increasingly popular transportation choice. With goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing active living and sustainable transportation, the City of New Westminster is pleased to support carsharing and its positive impacts on the community.
What is carsharing?
Carsharing is designed for local users in support of community transportation and environmental goals. Its mission, vision, and values lead to decreasing personal car ownership, reducing vehicle distance travelled, improving urban land use and development, and providing affordable access to vehicles for all sections of the community. Carsharing motivates residents to walk, cycle, and take buses and trains more, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels while reducing the emission of greenhouse gases
HOW DOES CARSHARING WORK?
Carsharing is a membership-based service available to all qualified drivers in a community. No separate written agreement is required each time a member reserves and uses a vehicle. All car sharing operators offer members access to a dispersed network of shared vehicles 24-hours, 7 days a week at unattended self-service locations.
Carsharing is primarily designed for shorter time and shorter distance trips, designed to enhance mobility options. Longer trips may be available to further discourage car ownership.
To learn more visit www.carsharing.org
BENEFITS OF CARSHARING
- Reduced vehicle distance traveled
- Improved urban land use and development
- Affordable access to vehicles
- 50% - 75% reduction of vehicle costs
- Increased motivation for an active lifestyle (walking or cycling in combination with carsharing)
- Decreased dependence on fossil fuels
- Reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases