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    Low Carbon Oxford North | Cliff Jordan on Common Wheels and Car Clubs Low Carbon Oxford North | Cliff Jordan on Common Wheels and Car Clubs Presentation Transcript

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    • Car Clubs
      • Cliff Jordan – co-founder of Oxcar in 2008; now paid part-time by Commonwheels to do local promotion.
      • Oxcar – Voluntary group of residents in Oxford wanting to introduce car clubs to Oxford and support their expansion.
      • Commonwheels – A ‘Community Interest Company’ with c 50 cars in a dozen cities, towns and villages across UK, including 14 in Oxford
      • Streetcar – The largest car sharing club in the UK, recently merged with Zipcar (USA), with over a thousand cars in UK, (mostly London), including 13 in Oxford
    • What is a Car Club?
      • A scheme to provide convenient access to cars, replacing the need for so many privately-owned cars.
    • Features of a Car Club
      • Vehicles are dispersed – located in close proximity to the people who use them
    • Features of a Car Club
      • Vehicles are dispersed – located in close proximity to the people who use them
      • Vehicles are available with a minimum of fuss - members can book quickly online or by phone; immediate access by smartcard; invoice emailed monthly .
    • Features of a Car Club
      • Vehicles are dispersed – located in close proximity to the people who use them
      • Vehicles are available with a minimum of fuss - members can book quickly online or by phone; immediate access by smartcard; invoice emailed monthly.
      • Vehicles are available for periods of as little as half an hour
    • Features of a Car Club
      • Vehicles are dispersed – located in close proximity to the people who use them
      • Vehicles are available with a minimum of fuss - members can book quickly online or by phone; immediate access by smartcard; invoice emailed monthly.
      • Vehicles are available for periods of as little as half an hour
      • ‘ Pay-as-you-go’ - the tariff is based on an hourly charge, plus a mileage charge; and includes all costs (Maintenance, MOT, Tax, insurance and fuel)
    • The benefits -1
      • ‘ Disrupting the default setting’ - car-owners tend to use their cars for virtually every journey.
      • Car Club membership leads to more deliberate choices about the mode of transport to use for any particular journey.
      • This results in more walking, cycling and bus and train use, and
      • fewer car miles
      • l ess pollution, less road congestion,
      • less CO2 emitted
    • The benefits -2
      • Car Clubs tend to favour fuel-efficient vehicles, leading to fewer CO2 emissions per mile driven.
      • (including some experimentation with electric vehicles…)
    • The benefits -3
      • Car Clubs allow access to vehicles for those who otherwise could not afford to run their own car, helping reduce social exclusion .
      • (Our towns and cities are designed increasingly on the assumption that everyone has use of a car)
    • The benefits -4
      • For the member :
        • cheaper than running one’s own car
        • if using a car for up to about 20hrs per week
        • (and savings increase enormously for those keeping a car, or second car, for even less use than that)
        • none of the hassle of looking after a car
        • access to a variety of vehicles (eg small car easy to park; larger car good for passengers and luggage; van for moving goods)
    • Where do Car Clubs succeed most easily?
      • Where lots of people live close together
      • Where there are good public transport networks, and walking and cycling provision.
      • Where/when people are responsive to new ideas
    • When are Car Clubs not suitable?
      • For those who need a car to commute every day
      • Where everyone is OK as they are
    • Car Clubs in Oxford
      • Streetcar provides 13 vehicles in Oxford, of which four are in North Oxford, at Complins Close, St Margarets Road, William Lucy Way and Woodstock Road (St Anthonys College)
        • Tariff based on £4.95-£8.95 per hour, depending on vehicle, inc first 30 miles, then 23p/mile
        • VW Polo, Golf, Transporter van, BMW series 1,
        • all new cars under 1 year old
      • Commonwheels provides 14 vehicles in Oxford, in the eastern half of the city, and is keen to expand its provision.
        • Tariff based on £3.25/£4.25 per hour, depending on vehicle, plus 19p/mile
        • VW Polo, Golf, Passat, Nissan Note, Micra, Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, Octavia, Citroen C3, Seat Leon, Vauxhall Zafira,
        • Vehicles often 2 to 8 years old; many ‘adopted’ from members
    • Car Clubs in North Oxford - an abundance of possibilities
      • Across the north of Oxford (Wolvercote/Summertown/Cutteslowe area) there is scope for maybe four or five more vehicles, depending on demand
      • Streetcar – simply join and use
      • Commonwheels - join, wait (stimulate others), consider providing your car.
      • LCON – consider resources you have to offer collectively.
      • (access to potential members, detailed local knowledge of good locations, suitable cars that owners may consider leasing to Commonwheels)
    • Possible consequences of Car Clubs
      • They encourage an interest in collective solutions to (apparently) personal difficulties
      • Car Clubs only work as part of an integrated system, where residents have access to good public transport, & good cycling and pedestrian networks.
      • Non car-owners need these.
      • Healthy communities need these.
      • Car Club members need these.
      • .
    • Possible consequences of Car Clubs
      • Car Clubs might loosen the addictive co-dependency that many drivers have with their cars. (disguised as a ‘love affair’).
      • This could start to undermine our whole society’s addiction/dependency on the motor car,
      • and maybe allow and encourage more emotional maturity
    • Car Clubs - a non-confrontational, non-coercive mechanism reducing our society’s private car-addiction
      • For more information
      • www.oxcar.org.uk
      • voluntary group supporting car clubs in Oxford area
      • www.carplus.org.uk
      • national charity supporting car clubs
      • Cliff Jordan, January 2011
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