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LIFTSHARE - Save money and planet!

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Motoring
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Motoring
https://www.liftshare.org

https://www.school-run.org/ (part of liftshare)

https://www.freewheelers.co.uk/index.php


From https://www.liftshare.org newsletter:

2005 presents huge opportunities to tackle the issue of climate change. Already we've seen the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and Tony Blair has stated that his key priorities in heading up the G8 are Africa and climate change.

Increasingly individuals are looking for ways to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases, which is where liftshare comes in.

At present, transport is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK , contributing over 19% of all greenhouse gases. Of this, 94% comes from road transport which highlights the extent to which our individual journeys contribute to global warming.

By simply sharing a car, individuals can significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases they emit, whilst continuing to enjoy all the benefits of private vehicles.

liftshare estimates that our members are currently _saving' 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum. By increasing our members and the number of journeys that are shared we can increase this figure significantly.

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Then there's always a bicycle to save money, the planet, time (in many cases) and get fit :~)

Thanks for the MSE charity donations to my charity, shipping used bicycles to Africa.
https://www.re-cycle.org

Merlin
Bicycle Aid for Africa

https://www.re-cycle.org

MANY THANKS to all who vote for Re~Cycle in the MSE charity money votes, its a HUGE help!

What do you think of car sharing (can vote for more than 1 selection) 88 votes

There should be incentives to car share (government)
37% 33 votes
I car share already
14% 13 votes
I think car sharing is a good idea and would like to
19% 17 votes
I'm open to the idea, though have some reservations
25% 22 votes
I would never car share
3% 3 votes
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  • nearlyrichnearlyrich Forumite
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    Hung up my suit! Mortgage-free Glee! I'm a Volunteer Board Guide
    Most of my work journeys are from home (my base) to various customers however I have travelled to company meetings with local colleagues. The company I work for has done a lot to promote car sharing (and cycling) and there is a lot of info on the company intranet. They will even pay for a taxi home if the person with the car has to leave the site early for business reasons during the course of the day.

    I agree with car sharing in principle if you travel from A to B and back at the same times each day but it can be tying if you could do to stay to finish a project or whatever and your driver or passenger wants to go now!
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  • It's fine but I fail to understand why some voters in the poll think the government should subsidise it; it's saving money and resources already.
  • Andy88 wrote:
    It's fine but I fail to understand why some voters in the poll think the government should subsidise it; it's saving money and resources already.

    Part of the government's job is to encourage the saving of money and resources!

    There is a thing called a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool lane, in many countries.
    Pilot study in UK - http://www.highways.gov.uk/knowledge/hol/index.htm
    Bicycle Aid for Africa

    https://www.re-cycle.org

    MANY THANKS to all who vote for Re~Cycle in the MSE charity money votes, its a HUGE help!
  • Yeah. Antwerpen, Eindhoven. Completely empty lane on the motorway - what for?
  • nearlyrichnearlyrich Forumite
    13.7K posts
    Hung up my suit! Mortgage-free Glee! I'm a Volunteer Board Guide
    There is a 2 people in a car lane in Leeds, Stanningley bypass I think, ( not sure if they have finished the experiment) This lane is practically empty, except for people taking a chance on not getting caught whilt the other lane is packed with people trying desperately to get to work on time. I am not sure this encourages people to car share, probably encourages then to break the law though.
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  • Does anyone have experience of running/setting up a car sharing club, i.e., you collectively own a car and pay an amount each time you use it (having reserved that time for use)?

    I remember looking into this some time ago and found out that in my town only Avis were doing it and their prices seemed to suggest that there was no financial incentive to this scheme. Now the costs of fuel have got so high I am tempted to try and get a car sharing club going.

    Any pointers?
  • I think there are successful schemes running in Gloucestershire - this site has some information:
    http://www.vision21.demon.co.uk/ (look under Projects)
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  • toozie_2toozie_2 Forumite
    3.3K posts
    Its a good idea, but unfortunatley there must be millions of people like me, who work part time, no one else in the office works my hours, I live 18 miles away from work in a rural area.

    As far as public transport is concerned, the buses run every hour, I would need two buses to get to work, starting from home at 7.15am, to be in work for 8.45am, this does not encoridge mothers to return to work at all.
    :j
  • This is a good idea in principle
    I remember reading about a new housing estate somewhere which was very "green" part of it was "community" cars which you could use when you needed them

    Helen
    "what lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I have had experience of this, having set up a car club in Coventry about 3 years ago - unfortunately it folded as we could not generate enough members to make it financially sustainable. This was based on brand new cars, at a £100 a year membership (incl. tax, mot, insurance, etc), and an hourly rental rate.
    Alos, the people who were members were generally environmentallists, so ironically didn't use the car enough to generate enough income!

    It works well for people commutting by public transport and needing a car or second car for occassional evening and weekend use.

    There are some established clubs here: http://www.smartmoves.co.uk/
    and here: http://www.carclubs.org.uk/

    These range from established big city ones, to rural ones (yes, run for village and rural people's benefit) to a bunch of friends getting together to share a 10 year old car to split the costs.

    There appear to be 27 clubs across the country now.

    I would love to get one going again in Coventry, but for now am running my car on 100% biodiesel for environmental reasons, and cummuting to work by train and bike.
    However, apart from saving about £20 a month diesel by using the train rather than driving, I'm not making the MASSIVE savings I was doing by being in the Car Club - i.e. sharing the cost of repairs, MOT, tax and insurance.

    Sadly, a majority of people are so attached to the 'freedom' that comes with ownership that car clubs are generally used by those environmentally minded.

    In europe (I think in germany), there are tens of thousands of car club members. tens of thousands! I reckon there are less than 2000 here...
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