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Fill it up - with passengers!

In order to reduce motorised traffic, people will have to adopt a less car-dependent lifestyle.To facilitate this shift in mentality, cities should promote new forms of car use and ownership.

With a focus on Car-independent Lifestyles, CIVITAS cities worked on car-sharing; publicbicycles/bicycle sharing; and car-pooling. This highlight offers insights on the last of these subcategories.

Car-pooling schemes encourage car owners to cut congestion by inviting people who are making the same trip to share a vehicle. Typically such schemes are led by workplaces and include information technologies such as online booking. Dedicated infrastructure can promote the uptake of car-pooling, such as “park and pool” venues, reserved parking for car-poolers, and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. Schemes may be integrated with public transport, for instance in park and ride schemes.

CIVITAS explores innovative ways to break the car habit, such as car-pooling, and promotes the sharing of successful strategies among cities. For this reason, the CIVITAS Initiative has realised 11 car-pooling measures in 11 different cities from 2002 to 2012. Read the CIVITAS highlight on car-pooling to learn about some of the most successful and eyecatching among these to inspire other European cities.

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