Today our streets have in the most part been planned around the private car. This has led to an ever-increasing escalation in congestion, poor air quality and dangers posed to other road/pavement users. All of which have made walking and cycling more and more unattractive. We know however that such active modes of travel improve health, quality of life and the environment, and local productivity, while at the same time reducing costs to the public purse. These are substantial ‘win-wins’ that benefit individual people and the community as a whole.
Car Clubs play a key role in driving this modal shift away from the private car. Each car club car displaces 10.5 private cars* and deferrers 12 private car purchases*. This means the more car club wheels that hit the tarmac the fewer cars there are on the roads overall, creating space for urban realm improvements and healthier streets. What’s more the car club cars produce 43% less Co2 from tailpipe emissions than the average UK car*, so air quality is further enhanced over and above a simple reduction in traffic.
Car clubs free up road capacity for active travel, making it safer and more attractive to the wider community. Car Club members themselves after joining are likely to walk more (+16%) and cycle more (+10%) than they did prior to obtaining membership. This is because car club members have a greater propensity to opt for these active travel modes for smaller localised journeys, using a car only when really needed.
"Where and how shared bikes are physically accommodated is often the common challenge when launching a bike hire scheme. Space is always at a premium, especially where demand might be highest. Car Clubs help create this space, taking private vehicles off the road to make way for docking stations or our space-saving Brompton Lockers."
Managing Director, Brompton Bike Hire
Enterprise plays an instrumental role in changing the way we all travel. Working not only directly with individuals, but with corporates, developers, planners, public sector organisations, and other shared transport providers to drive a tangible modal shift towards shared transport. To this end we collaborate with other bus, rail, tram, bike hire and travel planning aps to facilitate the dovetailing of networks and the sharing of mobility credits that can be used across networks. We too have pioneered the creation of the ground breaking multi-modal Urban Mobility Partnership (UMP) which seeks shape the future of urban mobility in a way that will improve air quality and consumer’s lives.
Find out more about how Enterprise Car Club supports the communities and environments it’s located within across the UK. In doing so, honouring our commitment to “strengthen our communities, one neighbourhood at a time” one of the many Guiding Principles that sit at the core of how Enterprise as a whole does business.