Half a Million People want to Share Cars
Having started life as a scribbled note pinned to a student notice board, the UK’s largest car-sharing network, liftshare, has reached 500,000 registrations.
In a clear demonstration of our changing attitudes to driving, half a million people have decided they would rather share their cars rather than travel alone. And while there are various benefits to lift-sharing, it is the spiralling cost of driving which has been the greatest impetus to this behaviour change towards more sustainable travel.
"As petrol prices go up, so attitudes towards sharing lifts evolve," said liftshare's
founder, Ali Clabburn. "We saw over 70,000 new members join the liftshare
network last year, and we expect this trend to continue.
"With daily headlines announcing that filling your car costs more than the weekly
shop, or that petrol prices are rising three times faster than incomes, a growing
number of people are finding that lift-sharing is the only viable way to get to
work. But it is a real landmark to see our 500,000th member join the network. Something I could scarcely have imagined when I started liftshare as a broke student wanting to get home for the holidays!
"Over 86% of commutes registered on liftshare have at least one potential
journey-match, although many have dozens. With such a huge database of
journeys, liftshare can offer users the best chance of finding a match."
One member, Katy Bryan, said: "Car-sharing from Guildford to Brighton saves me well over £100 pounds a month in petrol. But most importantly it has halved my
personal travelling carbon dioxide emissions. I'm proud to say I lift-share,
and I actively promote the many benefits of lift-sharing to my colleagues."
Source: ACT TravelWise News www.actravelwise.org
May 4, 2012
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