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PRNewswire 19-Sep-2023 9:10 AM
Car-sharing Washingtonians spend half as much on transportation than car-owning counterparts and free city spatial equivalent of 70 Lincoln Memorials
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- September 22 marks the worldwide initiative "Car-Free Day," which encourages motorists to take a break from driving and explore environmentally-friendly options like mass transit, biking, scooters and walking. According to a new survey from Zipcar, the world's leading car-sharing company, a segment of Washingtonians, those who share a car (compared to personal car owners), significantly contribute to the environmental and social health of Washington D.C. by eliminating additional cars on the road, congestion, parking competition and carbon emissions. Nearly 30% of Zipcar members in Washington D.C. ditched their personal car after joining Zipcar, eliminating an estimated 8,000 vehicles from Washington D.C.'s streets.
"As the cost of car ownership rises and parking becomes increasingly competitive in neighborhoods, Washingtonians are looking to car sharing as a cost-effective and convenient way to drive a car when they need one," said Angelo Adams, head of Zipcar. "A little-known byproduct of car sharing is that it eliminates personally owned vehicles from city streets, which reduces congestion, carbon emissions and competition for parking on the curb. Who wants the hassle of car payments and to circle the block in DuPont Circle? No one!"
The Impact of Car Sharing in Washington D.C.
Founded in 2000, Zipcar is driven by a mission: to enable simple and responsible urban living by reducing personal car ownership. For over twenty years, Zipcar has supported D.C.'s diverse communities, city livability, and the global environment with socially responsible, sustainable transportation. According to Zipcar's new North American Transportation Survey, car-sharing Washingtonians take the suitable transportation mode (walking, biking, transit, car sharing) for the right trip, saving money and supporting sustainable urban living at a higher rate than the average resident. Of note:
Who are Washington D.C.'s car-sharing citizens?
Zipcar provides 24/7 on-demand, self-service access to vehicles by the hour, day or week in convenient urban, college or business locations with gas or electric charging, insurance options, maintenance and dedicated parking included, making it a more cost-effective and sustainable option than personal car ownership. Standard memberships are $9 a month or $90 a year, with driving rates starting from $12.50/hour and $103/day. For a limited time, the first month of membership is free with the code MONTHOFF. Learn more at www.zipcar.com.
About the Zipcar North American Transportation Survey
Zipcar-specific data was collected as part of Zipcar's North American Transportation Survey, a sample size of approximately 6,800 respondents in North America, of which 390 identified as Washington D.C. residents. Industry-specific data was made possible by Zipcar's partners at Sam Schwartz Consulting and credible third-party industry leaders.
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour, day or week, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in hundreds of cities, towns, and universities. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR), a leading global transportation solutions provider. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.
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