On the theme of sustainable mobility, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen in Germany is setting up some inspiring measures to promote car-sharing to limit GHG emissions as well as city’s road congestions.
Many people make little or no use of their car because they find it easier to walk, cycle, ride a motorbike or take public transport to work, but they still keep their car for occasional use (shopping, leisure, visits, etc.) Car-sharing has here a lot of benefits:
- It can be an alternative to owning a private car. The user no longer owns a car, but rents one only when needed. Car-sharing thus frees up the space in a garage or parking space;
- Car-sharing between individuals as a way of making the car profitable. The user keeps the car and rents it when not in use. Car-sharing thus makes it possible to reconcile car ownership, GHG reduction and budget optimisation.
As displayed in this case study, the city of Bremen relies on the combination between public transport and car-sharing. There are numerous advantages to this:
- A greater use of public transport and soft modes (cycling, walking)
- A rationalisation of travel practices
- Money savings (by avoiding the costs of acquiring and maintaining a little-used vehicle and by reducing the number of parking spaces required);
- Climate benefits (reduction of GHG and pollutions)
- A better use of public space