Car Sharing Barcelona and Car Pooling
People's interest in alternative ways to travel is growing, because it's cheaper and eco-friendly, so let's talk about Car Sharing Barcelona
First of all, we have to distinguish Car Sharing from Car Pooling, which is also very popular now.
Car Pooling is when an individual, as member of a car pooling community, shares his own car with other members, generally for short distances.
Car Sharing is similar to car rentals, but community based. In fact, in UK it also known as "Car Club". Members get easy access to a car when they need it, but without all the expense and hassles of owning a car of their own. Users pay a small annual membership, and after that it's pay-as-you-go.
Vehicles are owned by the Car Sharing company, and can be rented by the hour, or for days at a time. And fuel costs, vehicle maintenance and insurance are all included in the price.
Car Sharing Barcelona: how it works
revolution, successfully started with the Bicing
experiment, and now also Car Sharing. Barcelona's most popular Car Sharing network is Avancar
, owned by the American Zipcar.
You can find many other Car Sharing companies, that work basically in the same way:
1 - Become a member and get your Smart Card.
You only have to register online, create an account and pay a monthly fee. There are different tariffs depending on how much you're planning on using the service.
The Smart Card will allow you to unlock/lock the car you are going to use.
2 - Search on the Car Sharing Barcelona map to find the nearest cars.
3 - Choose your car
Each car has a detailed page, with features and costs, and location in real time.
4 - Book the car by telephone or via internet, as little as a few minutes in advance.
5 - Get access to the car with your Smart Card.
6 - Return the car where you picked it up.
Easy, sustainable, cheaper: Carsharing contributes to sustainable transport because it is a less car intensive means of urban transport, and according to The Economist, can reduce car ownership at an estimated rate of one rental car replacing 15 owned vehicles.
Barcelona Green Revolution!
Today 50% of all trips are made on foot or on bicycle, and only 20% of journeys in the town centre are made using motorised transport (car or motorbike). Not only Car Sharing Barcelona
aspires to become the European Green Capital, and offers a variety of eco-friendly product/services: sustainable hotels, electric scooters rentals, slow food markets and restaurants... We'll tell you more later!
Have you ever tried Car Sharing? We would like to know about your experience! Leave us a comment!