First Comprehensive Car Share StudyFirst Comprehensive Car Share Study<div class="ExternalClassAFFD3F6A3C9945798EEFC07CB3AAAE80"> <p>Car share programs provide a network of passenger vehicles for members to access on an as-needed basis for a rate based on time and/or distance. Car share members enjoy the benefits of private vehicle use without the costs and responsibilities of ownership. Three car share companies dominate the Metro Vancouver market: Modo, Zipcar and car2go. </p> <p>The study involved surveying members of the three car share providers as well as apartment residents around the region. Key findings include: </p><ul> <li>Each car share vehicle in the region has allowed member households to shed or avoid acquiring 5-11 privately owned personal vehicles.</li> <li>The number of car share vehicles within walking distance of an apartment building has a small, but statistically significant relationship with the number of privately owned vehicles per  household.</li> <li>Members mostly joined car share programs for financial and mobility reasons, including cost savings compared to owning or leasing a vehicle, and the benefit of having an additional transportation choice.</li></ul> <p> </p> <p>The motivation for the Metro Vancouver Car Share Study came from the 2012 Metro Vancouver Apartment Parking Study, which was undertaken to support municipal partners wanting to establish or maintain reduced parking requirements within Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas. It is expected that these centres and areas will accommodate up to two-thirds of residential growth in Metro Vancouver by 2040.</p> <p>Ensuring that this residential growth results in livable communities will depend, in part, on a combination of sustainable modes of transportation, and transportation and housing affordability. Car share has been identified as a way to complement other actions to reduce vehicle ownership, parking demand in apartment complexes, and the construction of excessive residential parking stalls in areas close to the <a href="" target="_blank">Frequent Transit Network</a>.</p> <p>These livability objectives are fundamental to <a href="/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/about-metro-2040" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver 2040</a>, the regional growth strategy, and to Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/air-quality/AirQualityPublications/IntegratedAirQualityGreenhouseGasManagementPlan-October2011.pdf" target="_blank">Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan</a>.</p></div>|#235a6d6c-f602-454f-bc90-1d7ca0adff96;L0|#0235a6d6c-f602-454f-bc90-1d7ca0adff96|Issue 4;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass491AF84E110745BE8B5E64F3437DF299"> <p>Metro Vancouver has completed the first comprehensive analysis of car sharing in our region.</p> <p>The Metro Vancouver <a href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/1507_PPE_MV_Car_Share_Study_14Oct20HR.pdf" target="_blank">Car Share Study</a> will help municipalities throughout the region better understand the role of car sharing in regional growth management and community planning. And, the study will also help maximize the benefits of car share on mobility, affordability, and the environment.</p></div>