Many European cities share the common problem of an increasing number of cars consuming more and more of our urban space. Car sharing (also known as car clubs in the UK) has shown its potential to help organise mobility more efficiently, to regain street space, and to improve the quality of urban life.
Most car sharing operators have a variety of cars in their fleets, allowing users to choose the most appropriate vehicle for any given journey. Fuel and insurance costs are included in the rates, making the cost of every journey highly transparent. The pay-as-you-drive principle, the related reduction of mileage associated with car travel (enhanced by an automatic shift to using more public transport, rail, cycling, walking and intermodal chains) and the availability of a variety of low-emission cars lead to a reduction of emissions and noise pollution. Car sharing is also convenient when you don’t rely on a car for daily transport. Udo will show you why in this short film:
The public mobility stations in Bremen, also known as mobil.punkt, combine a car sharing station station on public street space with the offer of public transport, easy cycling and pedestrian access as well as taxi stands. Smaller mobil.punkte in neighbourhoods bring the service closer to the users and help improve the driveability of streets for emergency and rubbish collection vehicles through their building style and effect on reducing the number of cars in neighbourhoods.
In Bremen, more than 80 car sharing stations offer more than 270 cars to over 12,000 clients (as of January 2017) and Germany-wide more than 1.2 million people use innovative car sharing systems. With the help of car sharing, public street space in Bremen has been alleviated of almost 4,000 private cars. This means that car sharing contributes to regaining public street space for people with the added benefit of saving the community the cost of expensive new parking garages.
Bremen has been awarded for innovative solutions in the field of mobility management twice by the former European Vice-President for Transport Jacques Barrot. In 2005, Bremen was CIVITAS city of the year and in 2007 Bremen achieved success with the OSMOSE award. The implemented concept of the intermodal mobil.punkt has also received an award in the competition „Improving Air Quality, Ensuring Good Mobility“ in 2006. The competition was been organised by the German Motor Club, ADAC. The competition called for intelligent solutions combining feasibility, efficiency, cost-benefit ratio and sustainability in relation to air quality management. In 2008, the Bremen mobil.punkt was awarded as a best practice example in cities by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.