Bremens Car-Sharing Scheme Context In 2009 Bremen introduced its own development plan to help make car-sharing more sustainable. The plan provides space for car-sharing stations, integrates car- sharing in new urban developments, coordinates with public transport, and creates strategies for raising awareness. Getting away from ownership to the smart use of cars (i.e. whenever needed) are important aspects. Bremen's goal is to have 20,000 car sharing users by the 2020. In action In 2003 Bremen introduced on-street stations that connect different modes of transport (cycling, public transport and car-sharing). The online booking and smartcard access to the cars make them user-friendly. New housing developments can already consider car- sharing and thus reduce the need for the parking spaces. By the end of 2014, 10,000 car-sharers registered in the city, with more than 200 cars at 55 stations (known as ‘mobile points’). a number of different operators offer car-sharing, targeting different user groups with a variety of options (e-cars, e-bikes, etc.).Bremen’s slogan “use it, don’t own it” is at the heart of a marketing campaign to convince citizens of the benefits of car-sharing. These measures accompany actions to support peer-to-peer car sharing, where private individuals can offer their car through professional platforms to others who want to use it for a certain period. Results Bremen estimates that every car-sharing vehicle replaces 8-10 private cars. This has an overall impact on emissions created by manufacturing of cars and a continuous impact due to behavioural changes (more use of public transport, etc.). It also reduces the need for on-street parking and underground parking, freeing street space for other uses, such as widening sidewalks, developing bike lanes, installing green space, etc. Bremen expects the impact to increase further, as it introduces new mobile points.
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