This guide provides an overview of the benefits of carsharing programs, and provides examples of such programs from various cities. Carsharing is a smart extension of urban transportation systems for many reasons, including its ability to reduce vehicle emissions, urban congestion, parking demand and transportation costs; improve air quality; increase transportation options; and make urban communities more sustainable overall. Carsharing encourages and supports walkable communities and transit. It shares the cost of car ownership and maintenance across many users. Carshare vehicles are typically energy efficient, keeping CO2 emissions to a minimum.
The effort required by the city depends on which approach the city takes. A city can create and manage the carsharing organization itself or it can aid an outside organization or group of people in the creation of a carsharing organization. This guide includes profiles of I-GO CarSharing in Chicago, Ill.; PhillyCarShare Program in Philadelphia, Penn.; and CityWheels Carsharing Program in Cleveland, Ohio. It also includes a list of other carsharing resources.
This guide was created as a PAS memo by the American Planning Association.