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When a piece of a car is enough

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 pooling; publicbicycles/bicycle sharing; and car sharing. This highlight offers insights on the last subcategory.

Car sharing differs to car-pooling in that it is a car-rental scheme for people who only occasionally need a vehicle. The cars are typically owned by a third party, whether it be a commercial business or a democratically controlled company, public agency, cooperativeor ad hoc grouping. Some car-sharing schemes incorporate the use of clean-fueled vehicle fleets. Information technology has significantly increased the attractiveness and ease of use of car sharing.

CIVITAS explores innovative ways to break car dependency, such as car sharing, and promotes the spreading of successful strategies among cities. For this reason, The CIVITAS Initiative has realised 22 car-sharing measures in 20 different cities from 2002 to 2012. Read the CIVITAS highlight on car-sharing to learn about some of the most successfuland eye-catching among these to inspire other European cities.