Car-sharing services such as Zipcar allow members to rent cars from numerous locations throughout a city or region and return them to any other available locations. By dedicating a parking space (or several) for car-sharing service vehicles, members are given easy access to the vehicles. They can also use public transportation and other modes while still having the option to use a car when needed.
Parking for car-sharing encourages commuters and visitors to use public transportation while maintaining full mobility, in case they need to take trips by car. In general, car-sharing reduces greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion from single-occupancy vehicle commuting. Car-sharing companies are most successful when their vehicles are widely distributed at destinations and near transit stations.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Au Bon Pain
- Boston Properties, Inc.
- CB Richard Elllis
- Community Servings
- Foley Hoag LLP
- Forest City
- Friends of Post Office Square
- John Hancock
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- Nutter, McClennen & Fish
- Oxford Properties
- Seaport Hotel
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Examples of Boston Area Car-Sharing Businesses Hosting Car-Sharing Spaces
In The News
- “Zipcar Seeks 150 Park-anywhere Permits” Boston Globe, February 2015
- “Zipcar will soon be sharing the road with iCar in Brookline” Boston Globe, September 2010
- “Zipcar Goes to Harvard, Offers Car-Sharing Program to Under-21 Students” Planet Green.com, August 2010