Car sharing links

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Car sharing can mean: 1. Individuals sharing journeys in one vehicle – called car sharing or lift sharing in the UK and ride-sharing or carpooling in the US. 2. Short-term car rental – called car clubs in the UK and carsharing in the US. I say tomato……..

General information

BBC commuter swap: woman in Devon gives up her car and tries car sharing for a week
Blue Planet Green Living article: carsharing (car clubs in the UK) – good for the environment and the budget
CarSharing.net carsharing resource site
Communauto how to develop a carshare scheme (a car club in the UK)
Elon University not driving alone: commuting in the 21st century
New York Times carsharing (i.e. car clubs in the UK): ownership by the hour
Ridesharing in North America: Past, Present & Future academic paper from the University of California, Berkeley
Saferide resources for academic research into car sharing and alternative transport schemes
Slugging car sharing / hitch-hiking hybrid to allow drivers to drive in fast lanes reserved for multi-occupancy vehicles
This Green Life cars to go: article on carsharing (car clubs in the UK)
Time Magazine what’s car sharing (car clubs in the UK) really like?
Treehugger what is car sharing (car clubs in the UK) and how does it work?
Wikipedia entry for carpooling – (car sharing or lift sharing in the UK)
Wikipedia entry for carsharing – (car clubs in the UK)
Wikipedia entry for peer-to-peer carsharing – (individuals making their vehicles available for short-term rental)
William Clay Ford Jr chairman of Ford says: ‘if you live in a city, you don’t need to own a car’ (!)
The World Carshare Consortium supporting carshare schemes internationally

Dynamic or real-time car sharing

(using mobile phone technology – actually, it’s high-tech hitch-hiking)

Dilbert Scott Adams, the author of the Dilbert cartoons, blogs about his ‘new idea’ – dynamic car sharing
Dilbert and another blog when he realised it wasn’t a new idea
Dynamic Ridesharing resources for academic research into car sharing and alternative transport schemes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology real-time rideshare research group
Oliphant & Amey dynamic ridesharing: carpooling meets the information age
Washington Post article about apps that can be used to find lift shares at short notice; passengers and drivers can receive ratings
Wikipedia entry for real-time ridesharing

Local UK car share schemes

(individuals organising with each other to share journeys)

Search for ‘car share’ and your local town, county or region. Here are a few examples:
Car Share Devon car sharing in Devon
London Liftshare car sharing in London
West Yorkshire
Car Share
car sharing in West Yorks
Traffic Scotland list of local car share schemes in Scotland

National & global car share schemes

(individuals organising with each other to share journeys)

Carpooling offer or request lifts around Europe
Car Pool World car sharing around the world
Catch-a-Ride UK-wide
Compare and Share lift shares and other aspects of the sharing economy
Compartir car sharing around the world, plus forum
Drive2day Europe-wide car sharing website
Football Carshare share lifts to follow your team
Freewheelers online database of people offering or requiring lifts
Hitchhikers.org offer or request lifts around Europe
Liftshare UK national car share organisation
My Lifts UK car share website
National Car Share info plus national membership organisation
Open Directory Project list of carpooling/car sharing schemes around the world
Share a Car UK car share website
Student Carshare to and from campus or home for the holidays
Village Car Share local car sharing schemes in rural areas

Car clubs

(renting cars short-term – even by the hour)

Car Plus listing of local car clubs
Car Plus searchable car club map
City Car Club car club in several UK towns and cities – car hire by the hour
Open Directory Project list of car clubs around the world
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