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Car-independent Lifestyles

Activities and solutions promoting walking, cycling, multi-modal travel, car sharing, bike sharing and carpooling

We need to reduce dependency on the private car  in order to make cities safer, more attractive and economically viable places to live, work and spend leisure time.

This thematic group focusses on the basics of sustainable urban mobility: creating safe and attractive places to walk and cycle. It also looks at measures and solutions which seek to make more efficient and sustainable use of the car through carpoolingcar sharing and bike sharing.  

Carpooling (also called ride sharing or lift sharing or sometimes - confusingly! - car sharing) involves two or more people travelling together in a car (usually a car owned by the driver of the vehicle) to a shared destination, whereas car sharing allows different people access to the use of a fleet of vehicles (normally owned and maintained by a private company or a cooperative) by booking a vehicle for a defined period of time. Each works best in a different context (urban vs. suburban/rural), addresses different issues (urban space issues vs. pollution and congestion) and serves a different target audience (those who don’t need a car for regular daily journeys vs. those who depend on a car for daily use).

Bike sharing schemes involve making bikes available to the public for short-term use, usually in urban areas. Bike share stations are a visible sign that bikes are welcome in a city. Bike sharing schemes can be part of a package of measures that serves to encourage cycling as a means of transportation in a city.

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Feel free to take a look at the cities and organisations that are members of this thematic group and view resources for members below. To join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. For more information, contact Bonnie Fenton, the group moderator.

Submitted by Sarah Martens on 08/02/2016

The City of Los Angeles in the USA has introduced its very first multimodal trip planner. It is a mobile application called Go LA.

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Users can compare trips with different modes. These do not only include the "traditional" modes like public transport, driving&parking, walking and cycling, but also taxis and car-sharing and ride-booking services like Lyft, Uber, Zipcar and FlitWays. The app shares anonymized information about destination and preferred travel mode with the city to support planning and investment decisions.

If I am not mistaken, there are not many apps yet that integrate such a wide range of modes and services. If you know any other good examples, please share them below. 

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Submitted by Fred DOTTER on 22/01/2016

With this CIVITAS Insight, the CIVITAS CAPITAL project wants to provide information on bike-sharing and its importance for a sustainable urban mobility.

As we are interested to get your views and ideas by 05 February 2016, all members of this Thematic Group have the possibility to contribute to the content of this CIVITAS Insight. If you are interested to contribute, please send an e-mail to civitas-exchange-hub@iclei.org to get access to the CIVITAS Exchange Hub, the location for in-development files.

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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 22/01/2016

The “sharing” paradigm is shaking up the global economy scenario. People across the world are daily sharing an increasing number of material objects and immaterial services (from clothes and tools to houses, working spaces and also professional skills). This revolution is affecting all the economic sectors, though at a different pace. No doubt the mobility sector is among the ones facing the greatest and revolutionary changes.

Although sharing options have always been available for transport, first with Public Transport and taxis and more recently with car or bike-sharing and car-pooling services, what is happening in these past few years is a radical change in the way all of us could rethink our mobility habits. Thanks to most advanced communication technologies (internet, social media and ITS) and to their integration, is now easier and immediate to find opportunities to share rides, vehicles (cars and bikes) and also parking spaces. Mobility is starting to be considered as a “unique “service and people across European cities are now looking for the best mobility options (and a combination of them), with a flexible approach un-known before.

So, disruptive changes are coming: how cities can adapt and actively react to these changes in order to exploit all the potential benefits of these changes towards the achievement of a sustainable urban mobility?  How transport policies can offer and answer to the needs of people and to their increasing bent to share mobility? Which are the most interesting solutions and good practices have been adopted by cities at the forefront?

Sharing mobility is an hot topic: starting with the past @CIVITAS FORUM 2015 “Sharing the city”, to a number of upcoming events (@ the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans on 12nd-13rd April 2016 in Bremen and @ECOMM – European Conference on Mobility Management from 1st to 3rd June 2016 in Athens) the theme has been debated and continues to be debated among transport experts, politicians, professionals and representatives from urban, regional and national levels.

CIVITAS WIKI is now drafting a policy note on this topic with the aim to provide a brief but smart tool for cities offering a comprehensive overview on shared-mobility concepts, applications and practices (both the more consolidated and the innovative ones) to support decision/policy makers and urban mobility professionals in mobility planning.

Scope of this collaborative interaction is then to collect further resources, hints and suggestions, links to practical city experiences and, obviously, opinions and comments on this topic.

For sharing your ideas, resources and thoughts on sharing mobility, please contact Simone Bosetti and Caterina Di Bartolo.

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Submitted by Sarah Martens on 11/01/2016

Whoever thought that sharing only works for cyclists, PT users and car drivers, was mistaken. The University of Britisch Columbia in Vancouver, also known as the Rainy City, is offering a free umbrella-sharing service for its students. 

Under the motto "We've got you covered, literally!", umbraCity allows users to borrow and return umbrellas at automated kiosks. Users need to register for a membership card first, but then the service is completely free if you return the umbrella within two days. Broken and damaged umbrellas can still be brought back for free and are recycled into other products, such as shopping bags.

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Submitted by Marjan Frederix on 04/12/2015

In order to reduce motorised traffic in cities, residents will have to

adopt a lifestyle that relies less on cars. Alternative forms of car use

such as car sharing have the potential to make a valuable contribution

to more sustainable urban mobility. To facilitate this shift in mentality,

cities can promote sharing initiatives and new forms of car use and

ownership. >> Read the insight

 

 

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Submitted by Fred DOTTER on 02/12/2015

With this CIVITAS Insight, the CIVITAS CAPITAL project wants to emphasise the importance of carpooling.

As we are interested to get your views and ideas by 15 December 2015, all members of this Thematic Group have the possibility to contribute to the content of this CIVITAS Insight. If you are interested to contribute, please send an e-mail to civitas-exchange-hub@iclei.org to get access to the CIVITAS Exchange Hub, the location for in-development files.

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Submitted by Sarah Martens on 09/11/2015

In a surprising turn of events, peer-to-peer car rental platform CarAmigo has reached an agreement with the Belgian government regarding the taxation of this service for the car owners and platform customers. CarAmigo is the first peer-to-peer car-sharing platform in the world to reach a fiscal agreement with a national government regarding its services. In fact, CarAmigo gets a leg up over competitors such as Blablacar and Uber in this regard.

It has taken a while until the Belgian government came to an agreement with CarAmigo regarding the potential taxation for users of this platform. Now that an agreement has been reached, both the car owner and the end user will be able to calculate the amount of taxes owed on beforehand. All calculations take place in the CarAmigo application.

Furthermore, there is a tax deduction initiative in place as well. For every taxable transaction taking place through CarAmigo, users will be able to deduct [a portion of] that amount for tax purposes. This also gives government officials a foundation to determine the maximum number of calendar days users can rent out their cars in the future.

Read more on insidebitcoins.com >

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Submitted by Sarah Martens on 09/11/2015

"Health is not intrinsically a policy driver of transport planning or considered seriously as such among transport planners," said Dr. Adrian Davis during the first ever CIVINET UK&Ireland webinar held last month. In his presentation on the health benefits of active travel, he presents the overwhelming evidence for the negative health impacts of car use and the benefits of active travel. 

Some highlights: 

  • Adults who bought private motorised transport to travel to work doubled their likelihood of becoming overweight in comparison to those where there was no mode change;
  • Countries with highest levels of active travel  generally have the lowest obesity rates;
  • The greatest health benefits from physical activity are from its anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Active travel reduces the risk of death, various diseases and injuries by 20 to 50%;
  • Inactive people (about 25% of adults) have the most to gain by increasing their daily physical activity dose;
  • The number of premature deaths through physical inactivity is thousands of times higher than the number of cyclists killed on the road;
  • Most walking and cycling schemes have a benefit-cost ratio of over 4:1;

More evidence can be found here: http://travelwest.info/essentialevidence

The presentation and a recording of the webinar are available here: http://www.civitas.eu/content/health-benefits-active-travel-presentation-now-available

 

 

 

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Same destination - same vehicle! All about carpooling.

While much of the CIVITAS Initiative’s work has sought to shift travellers out of their cars and onto public transport or bicycle, carpooling involves sharing rides among travellers in the same vehicle going to the same destination. Carpooling can be facilitated through ‘matching’ services, but the shared rides themselves are very casual.

All the other Insights you can find here, under key publications.

The high potential of walking - often underestimated! Read this new insight

For many cities, the overall quality of life for its citizens is of utmost importance. This is not only characterised by a healthy environment, good living conditions and a growing economy, but also by the possibility to travel in a positive way. Walking is an efficient way of using expensive and scarce space in urban areas, and is healthy, clean, cheap and energy efficient. Almost half of all car trips are over distances of less than five kilometers. Therefore, there is enormous potential for walking, already tapped into by pioneering towns and cities.

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Share to be less car-dependent

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CIVITAS QUOTES: How to rebalance modal share by 2030

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Bike Sharing in numbers worldwide

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The Policy Recommendations present the main findings arising from the evaluation of the CIVITAS Plus Collaborative Projects (CPs), which ran from 2008-2012.

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CIVITAS Reaching out to younger generations - Sustainable mobility: Cycling in Porto

 

On the 26th of February 2014 CIVITAS organized a thematic workshop with students of the "Agrupamento de Escolas Alexandre Herculano" in the city of Porto (PT) to promote city cycling among the young generations.

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