Top Car Sharing Cities in America

| 2/25/2013 12:35:00 PM

Tags: car sharing, car share, carbon footprint, Walk Score,

This article was reposted with permission from Walk Score. 

A transportation shift is happening across America. Gas prices continue to rise. Car sales are down. Driver’s license ownership is declining. Car sharing is up. And millennials, the largest demographic since baby boomers, are moving this trend forward across North America.  It’s easy and convenient for people to skip car ownership in favor of car sharing, cutting costs, reducing carbon footprint and living a more hassle free life. 

Walk Score’s new car share infographic shows the top 10 car share cities with the most car share locations (pick-up and drop-off spots) and the top three neighborhoods in each city. Top 10 cities with hundreds of car share locations are:

  1. New York City
  2. San Francisco
  3. Chicago
  4. Portland
  5. Washington, D.C.
  6. Seattle
  7. San Diego
  8. Austin
  9. Miami
  10. Boston

Frequent car share user Suzzanne Lacey says, “I like that car shares allow me to have access to a car but not have to own one.” Lacey lives in a dense, but residential, Seattle neighborhood and uses car shares about twice a month. “Parking is tough, so along with city living and a lack of parking space, having a car just when I need one makes the most sense for my lifestyle.”

Economic and cultural changes are driving the increase in car share use.

• Car shares save money: Average cost of owning a car is $9,859, while the average hourly cost of a car share is $9.64. If you drive less than 2.5 hours a day, a car share could save you money.

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