CAR CLUBS ARE GAINING NEW MEMBERS IN EUROPE

Britain's first City Car Club is to be launched in Edinburgh as part of a car-free housing subdivision. Members pay an annual membership fee to join the club and then pay by the hour for access to a car for hire, which is parked in their local neighborhood. The system originated in Switzerland in the early 1990s and spread rapidly to neighboring Austria and Germany. Europewide, the total membership is currently estimated at 40,000, using a fleet of several thousand vehicles in several hundred cities and towns. According to research studies, car sharing becomes economical for owners who drive their car for less than 7,000 mi (11,263 km) per year. The average car sharer uses public transit almost twice as much as a car owner, and for every car club vehicle, five privately owned cars are taken out of circulation.

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  • Accession Number: 00788839
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 5 2000 12:00AM