Car sharing is growing in popularity, saving “car-lite” people the expense of vehicle ownership and taking cars off the road. As an additional benefit, some car sharing services have been making the transition to low-emissions vehicles. Some of the top minds at MIT have been pouring their talents into developing a greener model for car […]
A number of studies have attempted to put a figure on the reduction in vehicles that results from car sharing services. Research from UC Berkeley’s Susan Shaheen goes a step further and quantifies how car sharing reduces driving. Even though most customers didn’t own their own cars before subscribing, Shaheen found that the overall impact […]
Cars are a very inefficient transportation technology for too many reasons to count. They take up huge amounts of space but get driven around mostly empty — the average private car in the U.S. carries only 1.6 people. A lot of the time, people drive distances that are short enough to easily walk or bike — 28 percent of car trips […]
Today on the Streetsblog Network, news of a car-free week coming to Jackson, Mississippi. We heard about it from one of our newer network members, Jackson Bike Advocates: Cars are king in Jackson, but some are working to change that. (Photo: Ken Lund via Flickr) Let’s turn in our keys for one week and see […]
Last year, the city announced that much of Central Park’s loop drives would go car-free all summer long. With temperatures warming, the park is again filling with people walking, jogging, and biking — all sharing space with car commuters looking for a rush-hour shortcut. Will it happen again — or expand — this year? Negotiations are […]
In 2015, the new city government in Oslo, Norway, announced its intention to make the downtown car-free by 2019. I immediately put it on my list of places to check out for Streetfilms. Last fall I made the trip, not knowing exactly what I'd find.