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Cityhop, New Zealand's first and only car sharing club. Eco-friendly cars are all over the Auckland CBD and Wellington. Wheels when you need them to get around. A car without the hassles of ownership. Cars by the hour $15 including fuel & insur.

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It’s a convenient and reliable way for inner city residents and businesses to use a car when they need one without the cost and hassle of car ownership. Cars are parked at central locations and can be booked online for an hour or a few days at a time.

It is now accepted that car share is one of the "missing links" in any urban transportation system, especially for a “fast-growing urban centre faced with increasingly clogged arteries.”

How does it work?

People join up to a car share service and receive an electronic smart card which acts as the car key. Members can then use any of the vehicles available within that service. Cars are parked in private car parks or on street in Auckland and Wellington. Members reserve their car of choice online or over the phone and collect it from the designated location. After use, members drop the vehicle back to the same place.

What does it cost?

There is a small monthly membership fee of $10 + GST; then members are charged for use by the hour, $14 + GST. If the car is used for more than 5 hours it’s only $75 +GST which works out at less than $3 an hour for a day (24 hours) including fuel, insurance, cleaning and other maintenance costs. Overnight rates from 6pm to 8am are only $30 + GST.

The US Transportation Research Board reports:

  • 70 per cent of respondents in a 2005 study postponed buying a car because of car sharing
  • Zipcar reports 40% of their members decide against purchasing a car, or end up selling their car
  • Car usage of individual members is reduced by as much as 50%.
  • Members report a 47% increase in public transportation usage, a 10% increase in bicycle usage and a 26% increase in walking trips
  • Car share leads to a reduction in driving. The average car share driver used to drive 8000 kilometres; after a year as a car share member they were doing on average 800 kilometres
  • In addition, research shows substantial environmental benefits. Not only does it reduce demand for new cars, but it encourages more sustainable travel patterns by members who use public transport.

According to www.carsharing.com, the biggest determinant to vehicle use is vehicle ownership. Car sharing helps people kick the car-owning habit without going cold turkey, and offers the financial reward of saving money.

  • “Car sharing should be an important option in every major urban centre. While not a magic bullet to solve all traffic and air quality problems, especially commuter-related issues, it is an important new tool that can deliver real benefits quickly from primarily market-based capital”.

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What or how does your business contribute to a more sustainable NZ?

Cityhop encourages people to drive less. Cityhop provides a viable option for people to live without their own car or even a second third or fourth car! When you need a car you just use one of ours. One shared car takes 15 private vehicles off the road and saves members money on the costly expenses that come with owning a car.
The US Transportation Research Board reports:
• 70 per cent of respondents in a 2005 study postponed buying a car because of car sharing
• Zipcar reports 40% of their members decide against purchasing a car, or end up selling their car
• Car usage of individual members is reduced by as much as 50%.
• Members report a 47% increase in public transportation usage, a 10% increase in bicycle usage and a 26% increase in walking trips
• Car share leads to a reduction in driving. The average car share driver used to drive 8000 kilometres; after a year as a car share member they were doing on average 800 kilometres
In addition, research shows substantial environmental benefits. Not only does it reduce demand for new cars, but it encourages more sustainable travel patterns by members who use public transport.
According to www.carsharing.com, the biggest determinant to vehicle use is vehicle ownership. Car sharing helps people kick the car-owning habit without going cold turkey, and offers the financial reward of saving money.
“Car sharing should be an important option in every major urban centre. While not a magic bullet to solve all traffic and air quality problems, especially commuter-related issues, it is an important new tool that can deliver real benefits quickly from primarily market-based capital”.

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