A day trip to Cold Spring, NY

7909152590_c02cab2bef_bView from the Cold Spring waterfront | Shinya Suzuki via Flickr

The first of a series of posts about fun day trips from Brooklyn. Reserve a car now and get ready to explore!

When you’re ready to get out of the city for a day, nothing beats a leisurely stroll along the main street of a small town. Cold Spring, just 50 miles north of New York City, is a quaint town on the banks of the Hudson River. Its many well-preserved 19th-century buildings have earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places as the Cold Spring Historic District. Whether you’re into antiquing, hiking, or just sitting at a café watching the world (or the river) pass by, Cold Spring is a refreshing antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. (more…)

The Crazy Costs of Owning a Car in NYC

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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 100 times – owning a car in New York City is costly. And we’re not talking $5-a-day latte costly; we mean $100-a-day parking expensive. Because when it comes to owning a car in the City That Never Sleeps, not only do you have to cover the initial purchase price of the vehicle, you also have to factor in monthly insurance costs, weekly fill-ups at the gas station, ongoing maintenance, and yes, parking. At the end of the day, that’s a huge financial burden to carry, especially in a city that already ranks as one of the most costly places to live on the planet. (more…)

Transitioning Transportation: A Look at How People Are Getting Around

Have you noticed a change in your transportation habits as of late? Perhaps you take the bus rather than catch a cab; or maybe you’ve sold your car in favor of a Brooklyn car share membership. Either way, you’ve noticed that you’re spending less time behind the wheel of your car and more time enjoying life. 

Surely, those two things can’t be a coincidence! According to a review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and the Census Bureau for America’s 100 most populous urbanized areas, motorists drive close to 7.6 fewer miles per day than when per-capita driving was at its peak back in 2004. What’s more, the average number of miles driven per resident from 2006 to 2011 dropped almost three-quarters in America’s largest urbanized areas, while most of these same areas saw a significant increase in public transit use and bicycle commuting.

Transportation truly is transitioning in urban areas, and the impact that it’s having on traffic congestion and the future of infrastructure planning is nothing short of significant.  (more…)

10 Tips to Green Your Business

Whether you’re self-employed or sit in the C-suite of an international organization, there are simple, easy things that you can do in order to reduce your impact on the environment and live a greener life at work.

And the best part? Going green is a great way to save some green! Whether it’s starting a recycling program or joining our Brooklyn car share service, conserving energy and resources is a great way to cut costs and improve your bottom line. (more…)

What About One-Way Brooklyn Car Sharing Service?

Earlier this month, Zipcar – one of North America’s largest car sharing entities – announced that they would be piloting a new service this summer enabling one-way sharing services in test markets. As the top independent Brooklyn car sharing provider, we’re constantly looking for ways to innovate and expand our program. This includes investigating the possibility of offering one-way services to our growing membership base. Like Zipcar, we’ve spent a great deal of time crunching numbers and reviewing city bylaws in order to better understand this unique transportation option.

Is it a plausible option for our Brooklyn car sharing service? Well, that depends. While Zipcar’s approach to one-way sharing is certainly honorable, there are a myriad of logistical hassles currently prohibiting our Brooklyn car share from offering this much requested service. (more…)

To All Our Two Wheeling Friends

Move over car share members – New York City has a new love affair, and this time it’s on two wheels! If you’ve been out and about in one of our Brooklyn car share vehicle this month, chances are you’ve noticed quite a few cyclists making the rounds. That’s because May is Bike Month in the Big Apple, and people are pedaling all over the place in order to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

And we couldn’t be more impressed!  (more…)

Reimagining the Company Car

Years ago, a company car was regarded as a huge incentive towards taking a new job. But what about now? Today, rather than striving for big corporate offices, Millennials are bucking the big business trend, opting instead to adhere to an entrepreneurial lifestyle and open their own outfits. Once a status symbol, the company car is quickly becoming extinct. Now, instead of motoring around town on the boss’s dollar, self-employed individuals, especially those who freelance and consult, are trying to find a way to accommodate meetings all over town while at the same time actively reducing their dependency on a personal automobile.

Sounds like a job for a Brooklyn car share membership, doesn’t it? (more…)

Access to a Car Share Can Improve Your Life

Here at Carpingo, we’re big supporters of a reduced-car lifestyle. As advocates for cleaner air, safer streets and easier commutes, we strongly believe that Brooklynites need to approach their daily commute in a much more communal manner. By opting to share a car with other likeminded community members, our Carpingo customer aren’t just cutting down on their commuting costs, they’re also helping to improve driving conditions for everyone in the Big Apple.

But that’s just one side of the coin.

Here at Carpingo, we’re also big advocates of affordable, accessible transportation. Owning a car – especially when you live in New York City – isn’t cheap. That’s why a large proportion of the city’s population sticks to public transportation; the costs of owning a car just isn’t something they can realistically manage. (more…)

Welcome to the Connected Car

How connected is your car?

It sounds like a strange question to ask, but now, after years of expensive, experimental trials, high-tech features are finding their way into mainstream automobiles more often. From safety and efficiency features to infotainment options, technology plays an increasingly important role in on-road transportation. But just what does it mean to drive a “connected” car, and just how connected are the vehicles in our Brooklyn car share fleet? The automotive experts here at Carpingo did a little digging in order to find more information. (more…)

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…)