That often gets tossed around as a "trueism", which is a pity because it's not at all. People will abandon their cars when the benefits of not having them outweigh the benefits of having them. Unfortunately, there are very few places where that is true, so that particular behavior is not widely understood.inzane wrote:
The problem with it is that people have a "romantic" type attachment to there cars.
Which city are you talking about? In cities with good commuter-rail systems, that's not true. Those cities also tend to have much healthier CBDs than the cities without.In today's world most people use their car to get to work from way out in the burbs.
New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Portland, and Toronto (among others) aren't modern cities? Funny that. Don't use "Modern city" as a euphanisim for "sprawl" (unless you mean modernist city).My point to this is that the modern city is stretched out way to far for programs like this to be effective.
Many cities have bike share programs. My home city of Springfield IL has one, in fact. It's quite popular. They use bikes that police impounded, and spray paint them bright yellow for identification purposes.I believe that there was a similar program done in either Seattle or Portland with bikes. I believe that it was not a very big success at all.
Many cities have had successful car clubs for years, I recall seeing at least two in Chicago. The problem with them is that they have monthly dues, so you still have fixed costs, they're just not as high as owning a vehicle outright.The direct answer to you question is that, yes I would try it but I would not get attached because it will not last long.
With Philly Car Share - and i think this goes for all of the companies. They don't accept drivers with bad records (a ticket here or there is ok). Insurance is included in the cost of rental so there's no need to carry your own. There's also a gas card in the glove box so that's covered too. Philly is working on including EZ-Pass in the equation too.Mike D. said:Dumb question but....
Who's responsible for the car if you wreck it? Do you as a user still need to maintain auto insurance of some type?
This isn't true at all. Car Share can and does work anywhere with mediocre transit where there is a low car to driver ratio and that 30 members/potential members are within reasonable walking/transit distance of the car.bestnightmare said:
car sharing is totally an urban-niche thing, wouldn't work at all in the suburbs or a sprawling, car-oriented city like Los Angeles or Atlanta. only in those places where there's a critical mass of middle and upper-income people who don't normally drive would this work. this is pretty much limited to the following U.S. cities: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco.
Now I am sold!!jresta said:Insurance is included in the cost of rental so there's no need to carry your own.