Dr. Alex Bigazzi highlights that Vancouver’s car sharing landscape is safe and healthy despite the departure of car2go
Dr. Alex Bigazzi, an assistant professor in UBC’s Department of Civil Engineering, was recently interviewed by the Vancouver Sun on changes to Vancouver’s car-sharing services. Vancouver had four popular services: Evo, car2go, Modo and ZipCar. However, as of February 29th, car2go was pulled out of Vancouver and all of North America citing the “volatile state of the global mobility landscape.” This car-sharing service was incredibly popular in Vancouver with 1,200 cars and 20,000 members.
Although it would seem that car2go’s departure would create a huge hole in the market, Dr. Bigazzi states that “Vancouver’s car-sharing landscape, which [now] includes Evo, Modo, and Zipcar, is safe and healthy.” One of the main reasons that Vancouver’s car-sharing services won’t be impacted is due to the city’s multimodal transportation system that includes “really good transit, and lots of opportunities for walking and cycling and high-density neighbourhoods that dissuade driving and encourage non-car travel.” Due to the demand, Dr. Bigazzi says that the current car-sharing companies in Vancouver “won’t be leaving here anytime soon.”
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