Encouraging more people to embrace different mobility solutions across our cities is a key aim to improving urban living.
One way to do this is to leave your own car at home and embrace the idea of sharing.
Car-sharing has grown rapidly in recent years with new companies and more cities offering the now popular option to residents.
If more people see the benefits of sharing when they need to, they can avoid purchasing an individual vehicle for themselves.
Our roads will also become less blocked and moving around our cities becomes easier.
So what’s happening in the world of car-sharing right now?
We can take a closer look at Moscow to see the latest impact!
Today almost 31,000 shared cars are operating in Moscow – giving Russia’s capital city the honour of taking first place in the world rankings for the size of its car-sharing park.
The Russian analytical agency Avtostat has gathered statistics showing that shared cars are used in Moscow more than 150,000 times every day.
Moscow city-goers used car-sharing services more than 36 million times in 2019, 1.5 times more than in 2018, with statistics showing that car sharing continues to rise.
“Thanks to the development of the Moscow car-sharing project, some citizens refuse a personal car in favour of a shared option. As a result, the load on roads in the capital is reduced, and drivers save their own money - they don’t need to maintain and repair a personal car.”, the Moscow Department of Transport Press Office told us.
With the options of various different cars to move the city’s residents around, Moscow has taken first place in the sharing rankings - above Beijing and Shanghai, and just ahead of Tokyo.
In Tokyo there’s now just over 20,000 cars available for sharing and in Beijing and Shanghai, there’s just less than 20,000 in each city.
If car-sharing leads to less personal car ownership, then the load on our roads can be reduced and sharing can become a choice for many.
Several providers are available to Moscow residents, with more than 50% of the Moscow car-sharing market held by Yandex.Drive. The top three leaders also include Delimobil and BelkaCar. Six more operator companies are also available to provide similar services.
UITP has looked at the many latest developments in public transport and last year published a detailed report and Policy Brief on Mobility-as-a-Service, showing the alternative mobility solutions on offer.
In March, the public transport world will gather to consider the future of urban mobility at IT-TRANS, in Karlsruhe, Germany (3-5 March 2020) with many leading players from the world of car-sharing, car-pooling and ride-hailing joining the debate.
Key themes include digital transformation, MaaS and on-demand and shared mobility. The new mobility players have become an important part of the public transport landscape over the past five years, and with traditional modes remaining the backbone of urban mobility, it’s an exciting time to join the discussion on the next steps for our sector.
In fact, the growth of these players has allowed for the collaboration with the taxi sector to see the Taxi and Ride-Hailing Conference and Exhibition take place simultaneously with IT-TRANS. Topics include the future of taxi transportation, fixed fares, ride-pooling, regulation and policy implications.
Join us at both events to see who is making progress in urban mobility.
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