By: Andrew Burger
Urban transport is changing in any number of innovative ways as cities around the US look to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce air pollution and make their cities more “livable.”
One year on, the driving habits of Zipcar members in Baltimore have changed substantially, and that’s having several beneficial effect on the city’s “transportation landscape,” according to one-year anniversary survey results released by the City of Baltimore and the Parking Authority of Baltimore City.
“Zipsters,” as they are referred to, own fewer cars, drive less and use public transportation more often than they did prior to joining, according to a press release.
The two government bodies were instrumental in bringing Zipcar to Baltimore one year ago as part of an initiative aimed at reducing demand for parking, traffic congestion and vehicle emissions while, at the same time, offering residents affordable public transportation. Based on the one-year survey results, progress is being made on all four fronts.
Among the survey’s findings:
* 18% of respondents have sold their vehicles since joining Zipcar while 46% said they have avoided buying a car.
* 72% said they it was now less likely that they would buy or lease a car in the future.
* Only 12% of Zipsters reported taking five or more car trips in a month, down from 38%, while those now driving less than 500 miles per month increased by more than 17%.
* 14% bike more; 21% walk more, and 11% use public transportation more often. More than 1/3 said they use public transport to get to a Zipcar.
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