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  • Having a pool of cars (car clubs) and using them when needed is a seperate thing from lift sharing.
    Good in urban areas.

    https://www.smartmoves.co.uk - clubs in London, Edinburg, Bristol and Brighton

    https://www.carclubs.org.uk/carclubs/uk-carclubs-map.htm ~ map of UK car clubs

    https://www.carclubs.org.uk/carclubs/cost-benefits.htm ~ A good one for MSE site, cost calculatoins!!!


    https://www.liftpool.co.uk ~ another ride sharing site


    Warwick University Car Poolers are eligible for reduced parking charges.

    and links to

    https://www.shareajourney.com ~ another ride sharing site
    Which includes a section ~ Eventday – for use by visitors or delegates to major calendared events
    Which makes sense!
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  • Tustastic
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    Many thanks to Merlin_BikeCharity, scootermacc and PaleScene for all the info. I came to this thread to find out more about car clubs where I live in London. It was a total bonus to find out about the club in Stroud - a friend of mine really needs to have car access when visiting elderly relatives in Stroud and this could be the answer. Just visited the Stroud site and it looks current. Thanks again.:)
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  • piggeh
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    I used to carshare a little in my last job. However, I didn't really like listening to Radio 2 every morning, and chatting to people I wouldnt normally talk to as we had little in common! And to save what - £10/20 a week in fuel? Driving to/from work is a great time to spend in your own company and wind down on your way home.

    I agree with carsharing in principle - I think it's great if you can save money as always, and the planet as well of course! But I found travelling with others who had different tastes, etc, just because they live near you, is not very enjoyable in the long run. Also what with having to make sure you're ready at exactly 7.45 or whatever, is just plain more stress that most people would prefer to avoid.

    Car club's are a great idea for those commuting who then need the car a couple of times a week though.
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    piggeh wrote:
    I used to carshare a little in my last job. However, I didn't really like listening to Radio 2 every morning, and chatting to people I wouldnt normally talk to as we had little in common! And to save what - £10/20 a week in fuel? Driving to/from work is a great time to spend in your own company and wind down on your way home.

    I agree with carsharing in principle - I think it's great if you can save money as always, and the planet as well of course! But I found travelling with others who had different tastes, etc, just because they live near you, is not very enjoyable in the long run. Also what with having to make sure you're ready at exactly 7.45 or whatever, is just plain more stress that most people would prefer to avoid.

    Car club's are a great idea for those commuting who then need the car a couple of times a week though.
    Good comments about having to fit in with other people - difficult to tell someone to retune to a radio station you prefer but might be possible to avoid the chat - make a few pleasant remarks and then ask if they'd mind you closing your eyes as you suffer from insomnia and want to catch up on a few zeds:).
    There's an important point about road congestion too. Our local casualty (in a London suburb) is under threat of closure and a lot of people want it to stay open because the next nearest, though not that far away, takes ages to get to on crowded roads. Giving some consideration to how often we use our cars, let alone car sharing, might help emergency vehicles make quicker journeys.
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