Endorsements


 

Baroness Kramer - Former Transport Minister

"We want more people to consider car clubs as they fuel the economy, cut motoring costs and reduce emissions. I hope this website raises awareness of car clubs and what they have to offer so that they can make a more informed choice about how to travel."

 


Leon Daniels - Managing Director of Surface Transport

"The use of Car Clubs in London has grown massively in recent years and we continue to support car clubs across London as a way to help reduce congestion. I myself am a regular user and welcome this positive action to further encourage use across the capital."


Nick Lester - Corporate Director, Services

"The success of car clubs in many boroughs across London is testament to how effective these schemes can be at meeting Londoners' transport needs, and reflects the hard work and commitment councils have shown in implementing them in partnership with car club operators. 
 
Giving Londoners' greater choice and flexibility in how they get around the city is key to reducing pollution and easing pressure on the roads. Of the 33 London local authorities, 25 have car clubs, and many have incorporated them into their transport infrastructure in innovative ways. 
 
For example, Enfield and Southwark are two boroughs which require almost all new residential developments to include car club provision, which has encouraged significant membership levels among residents and includes capacity for the number of bays and cars to grow in the future.
 
Also, since 2011 Croydon has offered the use of 23 car club vehicles to its employees during the working day, with the same vehicles available to residents at evenings and weekends. The initial pilot scheme resulted in a 52 per cent reduction in car use by council staff, a 36 per cent drop in their CO2 emissions and a significant cost saving to the council at the same time. 
We hope boroughs will be inspired by the best practice framework launched today to position car clubs as an integral part of their transport infrastructure for the future"
 


Fiona Bowman - Head of Facilities

"Croydon is extremely proud of its achievements in implementing the use of car club pool cars to its staff. Not only has this initiative addressed Croydon's transport strategy and green agenda, but also provides a valuable and cost-effective service for our boroughs residents and visitors. We are currently in the process of expanding this service once again to build on the already realised £500k savings."
 
  
 

Dr Ashok Sinha - Chief Executive

"Zipcars' report 'Car Lite London - How Car Clubs Will Help More Londoners Drive Less' is a great contribution to the debate as to how we can make London a happier, greener and healthier place to live. 
 
Even if we make streets better for walking, realise the tremendous potential there is for cycling, and make our public transport system as comprehensive and efficient as it can be, Londoners' will still find cars useful for certain types of journeys. 
 
Promoting Car Clubs could be an important way of reducing motor traffic - a major disincentive to cycling and walking - whilst still giving ready access to cars when needed. 
 
The report paints an attractive picture of sustainable, integrated transport system that includes responsible car use."
 


Stephen Joseph - Chief Executive

"A Car Lite London will help give people in the capital a proper choice in how they travel. By better integrating car clubs with the tube, train, bus, cycling and walking, it not only makes it easier for everyone to get around, but helps to tackle congestion and pollution, too."
 

 


Joe Irvin - Chief Executive

"Reducing the level of motor traffic on Londons' roads would not only improve air quality in the capital and reduce noise levels, but make our streets safer and more attractive for walking. Living streets thinks car clubs are a great way to encourage people to think more carefully about their journeys and make walking the natural choice for short trips."
 
 

Paul Hocker - Development Director

"Londons' streets used to be places for children to play and neighbours to meet. But they have gradually transformed, becoming nothing more that thoroughfares and parking lots for the city's 2.6 million cars. According to the Car Lite London report, incredibly, parked cars in London occupy an area the size of Southwark.
 
Car sharing schemes like Zipcar give us the opportunity to start imagining more creative and sociable ways of using that vast amount of space - without giving up the convenience of access to private transport.
 
If the play street revival now sweeping the capital is matched with growing car club membership, great things are ahead for the streets of London = and the people who live on them.
 


Janet Cooke - Chief Executive

"Reducing the volume of private cars on London's roads must be a key priority to enable our city to keep moving. Car clubs can play a part in this by enabling personal mobility for some journeys where private car is the most appropriate mode whilst encouraging users to choose more space efficient modes for many of their journeys."
 
 

Steve McNamara - The Vice General Secretary

"London's Black Cab drivers recognise the beneficial effects that reduced car ownership will have in terms of cutting harmful emissions, minimising the number of vehicles unnecessarily using the roads and freeing up road space currently occupied by parked cars.
 
Zipcar gives Londoners the freedom of a car when they need one without the hassle, inconvenience and expense that goes with car ownership."
 
 

John Plowman - Chairman

"Car clubs have a key role to play in making London more sustainable - they help to transform Londoners' travel habits from over-reliance on cars to making cycling and walking a normal way of getting around. Our city is set to become a world leader in "liveability"- a place where people want to come to live, work and enjoy themselves; where cars share road space more fairly and more safely with bikes; and where people are better able to enjoy the public realm."


 

 

 

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