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

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

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