Unfortunately, that’s spelling disaster for many foreign and domestic car manufacturers. According to a report from the consulting firm Alix Partners, for each and every vehicle in a car sharing program, car manufactures are losing 32 vehicle sales.
As we’ve long suspected here at our Brooklyn car share, communal vehicle usage isn’t just on the rise – it’s changing the very fabric of our commuting culture. (more…)
Frustrated by your daily commute? Tired of finding yourself trapped in traffic with nowhere to go? Well, you’re not alone. Every year, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute releases an Urban Mobility Report that measures congestion on the nation’s top roads. Based on data from transponders on millions of moving vehicles, the rankings confirm year in and year out that commuting in New York is no laughing matter.
Landing firmly in the number four spot, New York’s congestion rankings were bested only by Washington D.C., Los Angeles/Long Beach/ Santa Ana, and the San Francisco/Oakland area.
But is this report really as useful as it claims to be? Designed to report on the central cost of mobility – the price of sitting in traffic – the Texas A&M study neglects to look at the flipside of the coin: the value commuters get from various transportation networks. (more…)
It goes without saying that 2013 was the year of sharing. From co-working spaces to Brooklyn car share memberships, 2013 was the year people reassessed their need for worldly possessions and began the shift to more collaborative and communal living approaches.
Over the past year, the sharing economy has grown dramatically thanks in part to a revolution in digital infrastructure and an increase in peer-to-peer interaction. What’s more, there is a growing number of people all over the world who are dedicated living smarter – citizens and communities are really starting to respond to things like knowledge and resource sharing, collaborative business models and environmental policies. (more…)
Whether you blame it on the economy, the environment, finances or even Facebook, one thing has become very clear over the past few years: young people don’t view driving in the same way as previous generations. Whatever way you choose to slice it, the twenty-somethings of today just aren’t interested in horsepower or hood ornaments. What was once a marker of status and sophistication, the personal vehicle is now seen almost as a nuisance rather than a nicety. (more…)
Cities are the epicenter of, well, everything. Vibrant communities, ongoing entertainment, exciting innovations – cities are where people gather, exchange ideas, and create change. In a city you’re surrounded by people, possibility, and potential.
Last week in Washington DC there was a gathering of many stakeholders involved in the entire car share industry and the related tangents of the industry. The entire concept of sharing has expanded in the car rental industry. The car share concept of hourly rent a car where customers rent the car they want for a period of time they want rather visit the traditional rent a car counter as in the past has continued to evolve.
Study after study, survey after survey has shown that the younger generation, with those defined in the younger generation creeping up each year, would rather not own a car preferring to “share” or rent a car on as needed basis through the various car share companies which have sprung across the nation and the world. To date, most of the car share companies are affiliated or owned by the major, national car rental companies with the exception of Carpingo based here in Brooklyn and Queens of New York City which is locally owned and affiliated with local car rental company Allcar Rent A Car which has served New York City residents for 35 years since its start in a Brooklyn Exxon gas station in the early 70’s. (more…)
When it comes to keeping things clean at Carpingo, we don’t shy away from asking for help. In fact, our car share Rules of the Road revolve around respect: respect for other members and respect for our vehicles. Our Carpingo members depend on one another to keep our vehicles safe, clean and in great working condition.
That being said, we understand that it can be tough to keep your Brooklyn car share vehicle clean, especially when you’re traveling with kids. If you’re concerned that your level of commuting cleanliness isn’t up to snuff, it could be time to shift your organization skills into high gear. (more…)
Car sharing has been hailed as the transportation mode of the future, combining the convenience of a personal vehicle with the practicality and affordability of shared transit. Good for the environment, easy on the wallet and a beneficial solution for traffic congestion, car sharing has becoming and increasingly popular option for Brooklyn residents of all ages and backgrounds. What’s more, it’s starting to become a foundational aspect of many business ventures. Whether it’s a perk for working at a specific company or an alternative to a traditional fleet system, car share programs provide employees with tons of great benefits.
Considering making the change to a corporate Brooklyn car share model come 2014? Here are just a few of the benefits that you and your employees will enjoy thanks to our carmmunity. (more…)
Vegas has long been known as the land of risk and excess. So when Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced that he would be investing nearly $350 million into an ambitious redevelopment of Sin City, many were surprised to see that an economical, environmentally friendly car share program would be included. What does the city of decadence and discarded dreams want with an affordable alternative to personal transportation?
Lots, according to the man behind the largest online shoe retailer in the world.
By giving residents and travelers access to manifold transportation options, Hsieh hopes to revolutionize the way people get around in the nation’s center for entertainment. The experiment, which will see a complete overhaul of the city’s 1.5-square-mile commercial center is called the Downtown Project. Focused on attracting technologists and artists to an area overwhelmed by decaying parking lots, dirty bars and vacant buildings, the for-profit venture hopes to breathe a little life into Death Valley. (more…)
Public transit systems are at the center of any vibrant urban center. From subways to bus routes, shuttles to bike shares these are the tools that help link people to their occupations, friends, family members – their lives, essentially. But just how effective and beneficial is public transit in today’s modern world? Does it really make sense to sit on a bus for two hours every morning, and then again for two hours each night, in order to get to and from your place of employment? The opportunity cost of those four hours isn’t cheap; what’s more, it’s becoming an increasingly frustrating issue for many low-income families that depend on transit to get them from point A to point B. (more…)