Global Trends Impacting Travel Here at Home

Last year, the travel and tourism industry was shaped and defined by geopolitical events and massive mobile technology improvements. But what will be the driving factor behind travel in 2014?

It’s an interesting question, and one that plays an important factor in our day-to-day operations here at Carpingo. Believe it or not, even though we’re very much a Brooklyn car share company, international travel trends and activities have a filter down effect on how we operate our business. From new tech to improved design, we pay close attention to what’s hot (and what’s not) in the wonderful world of travel.

The following are a few of the trends we’re tracking right now. (more…)

Imagining the Car-Less City

Crowded infrastructure, murky traffic and billowing clouds of pollution. These are all issues that the modern city dweller has come to expect when they walk outside their front door. But what if there was a way to change this side effect of urban life? What if, instead of focusing on drivable cities, urban planners and city officials decided to do something drastic? Could a car share community become the standard in a city built with the intention of completely eliminating personal transportation?

That’s right, we’re talking about the creation of a car-less city. The idea of banning, or at least reducing, the use of personal automobiles and promoting more environmentally friendly and efficient modes of transportation might seem a bit extreme, but not when you consider how many people already subscribe to a car share community. Countless studies and reports have made it clear: our love affair with the automobile is no longer a defining aspect of our lives. Working towards a car-less community is thus the natural progression… one that many major city centers are already eagerly exploring. (more…)

One is the Loneliest Number

If you’re like most Americans, chances are you have a pretty standard morning routine. You get up, hop (or drag yourself) into the shower, grab a coffee and set out on your morning commute. Just how you tackle that commute though, depends a lot on your age. While studies show that younger Americans are far less dependent on personal vehicles, the vast majority of middle-aged workers still conquer the concrete from behind the wheel of their own car.

What’s more, about 76 percent of those American commute to work alone, according to the Census’ recent American Community Survey.

Carpooling came in a distant second, locking down just 10 percent of the commuter pool, while transit accounted for roughly 5 percent. And cycling? Bike lanes across the country appear to be underutilized, with just 1 percent of commuters stating that they prefer two wheels instead of four. (more…)

Car Sharing and its Impact on Car Sales

You can’t have supply without demand.

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…)

Accessibility: The New Marker of Urban Mobility

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…)

What’s Next For the Sharing Economy?

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…)

Millennials Don’t Care About Cars

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…)

Policies for Sharable Cities

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.

And that’s just the beginning. (more…)

Car Share Happenings and thoughts for New York City and Car Share

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.
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Keep it Clean: Tips for Cleaning Up After Using a Brooklyn Car Share Vehicle

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…)