Published on June 12th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro4
How Car Sharing Changes The Ways We Live
Ten years ago, car sharing as a business barely existed outside of the Boston area. Today though, car sharing services are taking a bite out of new car sales and giving a whole generation the ability to forgo car ownership, without sacrificing mobility.
But why has car sharing grown so popular in just the past few years? Street Blog USA reports that there are a multitude of factors affecting the rise of car sharing, including the explosive popularity of social media sites like Facebook. John Martin of the Southeastern Institute of Research says that our habit of sharing our lives on Facebook has made us more willing to share things like cars.
Car sharing and bike sharing systems are also helping blur the lines between public and private transportation…and most young people could care less as long as they get where they’re going. With the government encouraging privately-owned ride sharing systems, customers are the winners.
As we’ve already covered prior, car sharing is also taking cars off the road. While the numbers vary wildly, the most agreed-upon number is that every vehicle in a car sharing fleet removes between 9 and 13 vehicles from our nation’s roads. If even just 10% of the population started using car sharing services, we’d remove millions of cars from our roads.
Finally, bike sharing services have become an important complement to public transit services, though these stations still need to be properly placed. These services are proving especially popular in dense residential and business areas, and have led to an uptick in commerce as well.
In other words, transportation sharing services are making getting around a heckua lot easier.