January 26, 2018 9:00 am

More people use car-sharing in Vancouver than in the rest of North America: survey

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Vancouver is in first place when it comes to car-sharing in North America, according to a Vancity survey.

Anthonia Ogundele with Vancity says they surveyed 4,000 car-share members throughout the province and found half of respondents belong to two or more car-share programs.

The report says one in three respondents joined a car-share program in the last 12 months, whereas two-thirds began car-sharing in the last two years alone.

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“The popularity is growing. We have currently 3,000 car-share vehicles on the road, which is quite a bit more than our national counterparts in Toronto and Montreal, but also is quite significantly higher than Seattle, Portland and San Francisco as well,” Ogundele said.

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For comparison, Toronto has 1,650 and Montreal has a little more than 2,080.

Ogundele says the popularity is being driven by convenience — it’s more environmentally friendly, and there are financial benefits that come with not owning a car.

“Because 25 per cent were able to get rid of the second vehicle and furthermore, the costs associated with car-sharing are significantly less than private car ownership. You know, having to pay the gas, having to pay insurance, and maintenance and wear and tear and, as a car-share member, you just don’t have to do that,” she said.

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