Car sharing is a revolution in personal transportation - urban mobility for the 21st century.
About 75% of North Americans live in cities. Many of them simply don't drive enough to justify the expense and hassles of owning a car - yet can't give up the freedom of driving a car when they want to.
Car Sharing provides flexible wheels for an urban lifestyle. It's instant-access to a network of cars throughout the city, 24 hours-a-day, paying-per-trip, without commitment or inconvenience:
Reserve the vehicle - by phone, smartphone or Internet, 24-hours-a-day - that best suits your needs, and then use it for a few hours, or a week. Pay per trip, and never have to worry about repairs, insurance or monthly parking again.
And when you feel like it, grab a taxi, take the train, walk, ride a bike or take the bus.
If you drive less than 12,000 km (7,500 miles) a year and you don't need a car for work every day, car sharing will likely save you thousands of dollars a year, give you greater mobility - and actually reduce pollution.
Car sharing will be the backbone for a future of social transit.
The car of the future... will be shared.
An Introduction to Car Sharing introduction - CBC.ca
'If you live in a city, you don't need to own a car.'
William Clay Ford Jr.,
Chair, Ford Motor Company Ltd.
Car Sharing pilot projects like Witkar began as early as the 1960's and 1970's, but modern car sharing programs launched in 1987 in Switzerland and later in 1988 in Germany, came to North America via Quebec City in 1994. As of January 1st, 2010 - based on data provided by Susan Shaheen, University of California, Berkeley - 27 U.S. carsharing programs claimed 388,089 members sharing 7,588 vehicles; and 61,944 members shared 2,143 vehicles among 19 carsharing organizations in Canada.