Jocelyn Milici Ceder

Jocelyn Milici Ceder

Jocelyn Milici Ceder is Walk Score's Community Manager. Jocelyn has managed online marketing, multimedia and web content with such companies as Expedia, Farecast, TripHub, University of Washington, ExperienceWA and VisitSeattle. She is a walkability and local-living advocate, locavore foodie and travel geek. Follow her on Twitter.

Articles by Jocelyn Milici Ceder:

Top 10 U.S. Cities to Travel Car-Free

Car-free trips might be the travel industry’s next big trend. Explore a destination by foot, rent a bike for a few hours, zip across town thanks to public transit and take a day-trip excursion via car share. You’ll save money and curb your carbon footprint. Walking around has always been the best way to see a destination and have an authentic, local experience.

What are the best US cities leisure or business travelers can visit sans car?

NYC-travel-rankingTo answer this question, we examined the Walk Score, Transit Score and availability of car shares within a 15-minute walk of more than 5,000 hotels across the U.S. These 10 cities offer more hotel rooms in walkable neighborhoods and green transportation options than any other.

  1. New York
  2. San Francisco
  3. Boston
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Seattle
  6. Chicago
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Honolulu
  10. Portland

Travelers can save money, get exercise and lower their carbon footprint by walking from hotel to art museums, eateries, nightlife and shops while on a trip. And who doesn’t like the convenience of being able to get a cup of coffee, snack or drink without getting in a car?

Minneapolis didn’t make this ranking, but has the highest Bike Score in the US. Cycling and using bike shares are more ways travelers can go car-free. Meet Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association’s Brandon Vasquez says, “Being a large city for biking, we always suggest leaving the car and using the our great public transportation options, as well as the Nice Ride bike sharing program. You can access a large majority of Minneapolis on two wheels, with two feet or via the mass transit system (bus and light rail).”

Travel trends point toward growth of car-free or car-light trips:
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  • Car Share Use Grows: Travel & Leisure’s most important travel trends for 2013 highlights changing travel preferences among Millenials and the growth of transportation-sharing models including car shares, bike shares and ride sharing. The New York Times reported that the number of people belonging to car-share services grew by 44% from 2011 to 2012.
  • Bike Shares Expand: More cities are investing in bike shares where you can rent by the hour to traverse town or sightsee and many hotels rent bikes on site. Bike shares weren’t part of our city ranking for car-free travel, but several of the top 10 cities already have bike shares programs including New York, Boston, and Washington, DC.
  • Travelers Seek Savings: Development Counsellors International reports that as travelers begin hitting the road on leisure trips in larger numbers following the economic recession, one thing remains constant – regardless of the cost of the trip, consumers are looking to get the most for their dollar. Have you checked the cost to park your car at a downtown hotel recently?
  • Business Travel Shifts Gears: According to Carlson Wagonlit business travel trends in 2013, companies are looking to control ground transportation costs and to track carbon footprint and emissions from travel.

Find a Hotel Near Your Destinations

By popular demand, we extended our unique commute time search features to travel planning. With our new Hotel Search Demo you can now find hotels by travel time (by car, bus, bike or foot) to destinations, attractions or meetings and within close proximity to public transit, car shares and more.

Walk Score also just launched ChoiceMaps to show the depth of amenity choice like restaurants, public transit, car shares and bike shares. Below is a screen shot showing depth of choice of car and bike shares around Chicago. Learn more about our suite of products and services for travel providers.

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Honolulu photo: Go Hawaii

National Walking Day and Walk to Work Day

American Heart Association hosts National Walking Day April 3, 2013 to get people moving.

American Heart Association’s National Walking Day April 3, 2013 and National Walk to Work Day April 5, 2013 aim to get people moving.

Walk. Stroll. Gallup. The US Department of Health and Human Services has designated the first Friday of April as National Walk to Work Day. American Heart Association and many other national organizations embrace the cause as well, and the American Heart Association created National Walking Day (first Wednesday each April). We at Walk Score whole-heartedly support these efforts. No surprise. Walking is one of the easiest ways to boost your health and prevent physical and mental illness. It’s free and with spring in the air and winter waning, now is the time to walk more. Suggestions for how to easily participate in National Walking Day or National Walk to Work Day:

  1. Walk to and/or from work.
  2. Walk to a public transit stop that’s a little further than your normal stop.
  3. Walk during lunch. Take a picnic and eat at a park. Vitamin D will drown any sorrows and new scenery will refresh your mind.
  4. Hold a walking meeting instead of conference room gatherings.
  5. Walk with a friend after work.
  6. Stand more often while working. Make any phone calls while standing.

Kudos to the US Department of Health and Human Services for creating such a simple and good day in which everyone of any age and ability can participate. The American Heart Association recommends you “ditch your desk” in April to take a 30-minute walk around your office or office neighborhood.

See Walk Score’s top 10 health benefits of walking. Walk Score gives more reasons to embrace walkability and drive less and live more.

Photo: American Heart Association

10 Tips to Advocate for Biking and Walkability

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Walk Score's walkability advocacy tipsWant to advocate for improved walking and biking infrastructure, but not sure how to start? Anywhere you live, there is likely to be a walking or biking non-profit ready to help you get involved or be a voice for change. From group bike rides to lobbying tools to encouraging kids to walk or bike more—a bevy of resources is at your fingertips.

Get started improving walking or biking routes in your area with these tools, tips, success stories and inspiring ideas.

  1. Do a neighborhood walkability audit. Use Walk Score’s iPhone app as organizing or grassroots vehicle for community or policy improvements (see how nonprofits used Walk Score for a walkability audit). Many community members and organizations take the grassroots approach to improving their neighborhoods. Join Walk Boston, for instance, and volunteer to document pedestrian problems by taking pictures and other activities. Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood locals rallied to take photos of sidewalk problems, broken pavement and overgrown shrubs to send it to the city of Seattle for fixes. Another active citizen used Walk Score tools to document barriers to walkability.
  2. Connect with local advocacy groups. The Alliance for Biking & Walking has assembled an impressive list of bicycling and walkability/pedestrian groups across the United States and Canada. Find your local advocacy non-profit group and learn how to get involved.
  3. Be a walking tour ambassador or join a group walk: Seattle’s Feet First has opportunities for walking ambassadors to lead public walks around neighborhoods across King County. Colorado’s Walk2Connect offers guided individual or group walks where you can learn about the land, meet new people and get fit.
  4. Advocate for better biking and walking infrastructure. New Orleans citizens and Bike Easy organization helped get biking and walking street and sidewalk improvements built into the Super Bowl transportation upgrades in 2013. See how biking and walking advocates won victory with increased biking lanes and pedestrian improvements in New Orleans.
  5. Rally and ride together: Bike San Diego offers opportunities for people to join a walk, bike and rally event to advocate for change, meet fellow people-powered enthusiasts and get outside (sans car).
  6. Snap photos of your missing effin’ sidewalk: Feet First Philly has a photo contest called “Where’s my effin’ sidewalk?” Share photos of obstacles for pedestrians and bikers across Philadelphia. A uniquely Philly-attitude-celebrated activity that could be replicated in other cities.
  7. Meet with professionals to discuss bike plans and make a difference: League of Illinois Bicyclists is hosting a Bike Summit on May 15 in the town of Normal, IL. Meet with more than 100 engineerings, planners, local bicycle advocates to discuss the state bike plan, how to overcome barriers to bicycling and more.
  8. Get kids walking and biking: Join Safe Routes to School local movements such as using League of Michigan Bicyclists education toolkits, safety tips and legislative advocacy support. Join a local walk to school effort with other parents and kids.
  9. Promote walking with wayfinding signs. Do it yourself. See how New York City introduced wayfinding signs to encourage walkers. There’s even a crowd-funding wayfinding venture started to build more wayfinding signs and the Atlantic labeled a Raleigh, North Carolina initiative “guerilla wayfinding.”
  10. Promote safety with crossing flags. Learn about DIY crossing flags for neighborhood intersections. Some companies like Key Bank support walkability grassroots efforts to keep streets safe—like this crossing flag set in a Seattle neighborhood.

More inspiration and success stories happen every week. Learn more about walkability. Get outside and get involved.

Seniors: Walkability Benefits for an Aging Public

Baby boomers are retiring in droves in an unprecedented American demographic shift. The last Baby Boomer turns 65 in 2030, so we still have two decades of an aging chunk of the public. A growing body of research points to the importance of designing or retrofitting communities for walkability to accommodate senior citizens and allow them to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle upon retirement. Walkable neighborhoods help seniors remain active, healthy, social and free to move around. How?

1. Quality of Life While Aging in Place

Many retirees choose to age in place—to avoid moving and remain in their homes as long as possible. But since baby boomers were the generation that built suburbia, many will want to maintain a quality of life in unwalkable neighborhoods.

Older adults socialize more when living in walkable neighborhoods. According to the EPA, in an age-friendly walkable neighborhood or town, regular social interaction is possible, convenient and more frequent. The American Journal of Public Health published a study published a study that reveals older people living in walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods have higher levels of social interaction compared with those residing in car-dependent burbs. Living in walkable neighborhoods means you are more likely to know your neighbors, participate in politics, engage socially and even trust people.

2. Transportation + Mobility to Leave the House

Independence builds self-worth and being able to move around your neighborhood is freeing. “More than 20 percent of Americans age 65 or older do not drive. Of those, more than half — about 3.6 million people — stay home on any given day because they have no transportation, AARP says,” from a Washington Post article. Men outlive their “drive-ability” by 7 years, women by 10 years. Public transit becomes key for allowing seniors to remain independent. “A 2002 study by the National Institute on Aging found that about 600,000 people who are 70 or older stop driving every year and become dependent on other forms of transportation.”

A 2003 Brookings Institution study found that 79% of seniors age 65 and older live in car-dependent suburban and rural communities. But older adults increased their use of public transit by 40% between 2001 and 2009. About 15% of those over age 65 use public transit at least once time per month and more than half of them need specialized transportation, according to Placemaking article.

AARP’s report Advancing Mobility Options states, “One of the keys to economic and health security for adults age 50+ is their continued access to a range of viable mobility options within the community. Lack of such options can have a profound impact on how ‘livable’ communities are and have a negative impact on the quality of life enjoyed by older adults in those communities.” Public transportation boosts mobility of seniors. The Street used Walk Score to determine 10 cities where you can retire without having to use a car—around the country from Seattle to Miami.

3. Control Your Own Schedule

Being able to create your own schedule and meet people to socialize, shop when you want or get out of the house means living a life you want in retirement. The less one has to depend on others, the more freedom you can enjoy. The EPA’s Growing Smarter report highlights, “Having the choice to get to downtown shopping or cultural events on our own terms and schedule, rather than waiting for a friend or an on-call van can ensure independent living for much longer.”

Don’t think you have to worry about this? Imagine one day getting a call from your mom who says, “My doctor doesn’t think I should drive.” Fast forward a couple decades later and imagine your own eyesight gets worse, coordination and reflexes stall and you, too, need to find an alternate to a car. All of us will someday find we should no longer be driving and rely on public transportation. Let’s plan for it now for all ages of people.

4. New Trend – Active Seniors Stay Active Longer / Renewed Sense of Purpose

Don Dillon of Pennsylvania, now age 75, picked up the hobby of disk golf six years ago and slowly integrated himself into the sport. His hobby turned into a life goal as he eventually worked to win a Professional Disc Golfing Association world champion title for his age range. Aside from the active nature of the sport, Dillon found a new challenge in life that kept him going, “…a reason to get up in the morning.” He founded and chairs the association’s senior committee to get more retirees into the sport.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey found that only 32.5 percent of Americans over the age of 65 don’t have regular physical activity. That means more seniors than ever desire an active lifestyle and seek opportunities to stay active. Living in a walkable neighborhood gives options for walking right out your front door.

5. Adopt a Walkable, Healthy Lifestyle and Live Longer

People living to 100 years of age are increasing in the US. There were 96,548 centenarians in 2009, up from 38,300 in 1990, according to the Census Bureau. A Swedish study of identical twins separated at birth who grew up apart concluded only about 20 to 30 percent of longevity is determined by genes. Lifestyle is a more dominant ingredient.

Health benefits abound for those who walk, especially for people older than 50. Physical activity may actually add years to your life. Elderly adults who walk are less likely to suffer mental deterioration or dementia, based on a Pittsburgh University study. Walk Score’s Top 10 Health Benefits of Walking are especially valuable to seniors.

6. Urban Planners: Walkable Cities for Seniors = Walkable Cities for All

Cities leading the way in planning for universal walkability for “lifelong communities” and our aging population include New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Portland. Most cities are built for the young and other cities will need to play catch-up. “It’s shocking how far behind we are, especially when you think about this fact – that if you make something age-friendly, that means it is going to be friendly for people of all ages, not just older adults,” said Margaret Neal of Portland State University’s Institute on Aging.

A 2002 survey by AARP Public Policy Institute found that people over age 50 listed lack of walkability part of barriers to walking. “Older adults perceive poor sidewalks, the absence of resting places and dangerous intersections as barriers to walking.” Likewise, a 2007 study in the American Journal of Public Health found areas with higher walkability scores were linked with older residents doing more walking for exercise.

Allen Glicksman, director of research and evaluation at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, says government programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, “largely ignore one big part of the health equation: neighborhood.” A walkable environment benefits seniors, keeping mind and body healthy through their surroundings and neighborhood.

7. Economic Impact of Seniors Living in Walkable Places

Auto insurance. Car payments. Mechanics and maintenance. Gas that guzzles your money. Retirement means living on a fixed income for the vast majority of seniors and car-related expenses take a bigger chunk of retirees’ money than for working adults. A car can end up being a large drain on finances.

Living on a fixed income makes owning an automobile challenging and increases the need for affordable alternatives. AAA reports in “Your Driving Costs 2011” that the average annual cost of owning an automobile and driving between 10,000 and 15,000 miles ranges from $7,600 to $8,700. These estimates were based on an average fuel cost of only $2.88 per gallon. Imagine what those costs are today and how they will spiral. See Transportation for America’s report Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boomer Generation for more information.

Now what? Prepare for life ahead. What to do when grandma, dad, your sibling or yourself want independence after retirement so you can age in a home comfortably? Choose a walkable neighborhood or city using Walk Score. Find the Transit Score or transportation alternatives (car shares, publis bus, train) near any address.

Check out Assisted Living Source’s Top 100 Walkable Communities where assisted living facilities are listed by their Walk Score.

Photo: EPA

Walkability Humor: Pedestrian Penalty Cards

Pedestrian and walkability fails exist far too often. Clueless saunterers weave slowly along a sidewalk blocking path of more purposeful power-walkers. Umbrellas stretch the length of the sidewalk, threatening to take out an eye unless one uses a stealthy walking defense. Tourist groups clumped together studying maps or gazing around block locals en route to work or appointments.

Rest assured. You are no longer powerless. Now you can hand out pedestrian penalty cards to these sidewalk offenders. Writer and artist team Cory and Andy paired up to sell packs of cards for $1. But careful with your karma. Be judicious with your new policing power. Someday you might find yourself on the receiving end of a walking penalty.

Three of my favorite cards… escalator offender, clue-free umbrella walker, sidewalk bicyclist.

Cards: © Cory and Andy of Pedestrian Penalty Cards

Find Hotels Near Destinations, Meetings, Amenities

By popular demand, we’ve extended our unique commute time apartment search features to travel planning. Skip opening multiple browsers to research hotels in close proximity to business meetings or vacation attractions. With our new Hotel Search Demo you can now find hotels by travel times (by car, bus, bike or foot) to the people and places you’re visiting.

Location matters when deciding where to stay. Enter up to four places (e.g., business meetings, events, friends’ homes, attractions) and we’ll sort hotels by travel time. For each hotel you can also see nearby amenities (restaurants, coffee shops, etc.), public transit and car shares.

Example #1: Find hotels by travel times to/from the attractions you will be visiting. Here’s a sample hotel search by travel time to and from popular Manhattan art museums.


Example #2:
Find accommodations by proximity to meetings. For example, if you have business meetings in Seattle at Walk Score, Amazon, Starbucks and Zillow headquarters, you can find a hotel that minimizes commute time to each location.

 

Example #3: If you’re planning an event or group trip and have side trips planned to Universal Studios, the zoo and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, for instance, find hotels near those key attractions.

 

Example #4: Explore the amenities, transit stops and car shares nearby hotels you’re considering. Plan your ground transportation options, save money by eliminating the need for a rental car, and optimize your hotel stay based on nearby amenities.

 

This hotel search demo is just a first step. We look forward to your feedback. And, if you’re interested in adding travel times to your website or mobile app, check out our new Travel Time API.

Oscar-Inspired Walkable Travel Ideas

Conde Nast Traveler created tantalizing tips for travel based on Oscar-inspired destinations. What if we wove walkability into their list? Here’s how Walk Score would rank the Academy’s most walkable Oscar-inspired vacations of 2013. All quotes below are from Conde Nast Traveler.

1. Les Misérables and Amour – Paris, France
“No, you don’t have to dress like a circa-1800s street urchin—or even sing—to become a character from Les Misérables.” Stroll past historical relics, museums, sights and be grateful for a non-miserable vacation in the City of Light. Paris is a Walker’s Paradise, with a heart of 95 Walk Score.

“If there’s one thing that Amour teaches us, it’s that—even if you’ve lived a long, full life—in the end, life is still too short to scrimp on your vacations.” Splurge in Paris, where Amour takes place. Romantic spots abound in Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to the Moulin Rouge show to restaurants and sidewalk cafes in abundance.

2. Silver Linings Playbook – Philadelphia, PA
“Though he’d never own up to it in so many words, Silver Linings Playbook‘s Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) is mostly preoccupied with finding love. Honor his quest in his home city—the City of Brotherly Love….” Check out Philly’s quaint alleys and other walker’s delights. Philadelphia outranks Washington, DC (just barely) with a Walk Score of 74.

3. Lincoln  and Zero Dark Thirty – Washington, DC

“After the obligatory visit to the Lincoln Memorial (which was built long after his assassination), seek out relics from the president’s actual life in Washington.” The National Mall itself is a Walker’s Paradise, with enough culturally enriching museums, monuments (both inside and outside) to warrant a full weekend or week of exploration. A very walkable city in general with a Walk Score of 73.

“Visiting CIA black sites in Islamabad is obviously out of the question. And no, you can’t take a tour of the CIA headquarters in Virginia. But, if you’re an admirer of Zero Dark Thirty‘s Maya (Jessica Chastain), you can visit the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.”

4. Argo – Los Angeles, CA
“In Argo, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a cover as a Hollywood producer by strutting around Los Angeles.” Strutting is a cool-cat form of walking, but you must pick your neighborhood visits in LA wisely, as the city on whole has a Walk Score of 66, fairly car-dependent, but walkable depending on your location.

5. Beasts of the Southern Wild – New Orleans, LA
Beasts of the Southern Wild centers on a fictional Louisiana Bayou community that calls itself ‘The Bathtub.’ And if there’s one thing that the denizens of the Bathtub like to do—for better or for worse—it’s drink.” We all know drinking and driver are big no-nos. Set yourself up in a hotel in a walkable New Orleans area to explore the city. New Orleans’ Walk Score is 56, but the French Quarter is a Walker’s Paradise.

6. Django Unchained – Austin, Texas
“In Django Unchained, Django (Jamie Foxx) makes a scene in a Texas town simply by riding in on a horse. If you want to take a trip to the Lone Star state and show off your own equestrian prowess, head to… Austin.” Horseback ride in the day, walk around to Austin’s music scene at night. Austin’s Walk Score, however, is 45, so plan your trip accordingly.

Photo: Paris Tourist Office

Sweethearts: Factor Travel Time into Your Love Life

Valentine’s Day is just as swell a time for couples as it is for those who celebrate their singledom by having anti-Valentine group gatherings. I’ve enjoyed February 14 both ways over the years.

Love in two cappuccino cups.

The past several decades saw a big spike in single households and adults delaying marriage until later in life, which means more people live alone (or with roommates) and date from a distance.

“In 1960, married couples comprised a full 75 percent of total American households. By last year, that number had fallen precipitously to 48 percent, or less than half. The decrease corresponds to a similar rise in non-family households: single people, roommates and unmarried, co-habitating couples.” Source: CBS News

We at Walk Score wonder—what’s the ideal distance to live from your lover? Is there an optimal amount of space to maintain your independence and keep romance alive?

45-Minute Commutes Kill Romance
Research at Sweden’s Umea University shows couples in which one partner commutes for longer than 45 minutes are 40% more likely to divorce. Yikes. Keep your commutes to less than 45 minutes, mates. It could make or break your relationship.

Do you agree a 45-minute commute is a breaking point for relationship harmony? What about the time traveled to or from your partner’s place?

Pick a Travel Time to/from Your Partner
Believe it or not, Walk Score has tools to factor travel time into your love life. At least tools to find any apartment, condo or house distance you prefer. Better to reside one or two neighborhoods away from your partner? Or rent within a few blocks to minimize travel time and gain cuddle time?

Search for apartments by travel time. Or find locations in which to live by travel time.

Coffee photo: Jocelyn Milici Ceder

Walk Score Ranking: Top 10 U.S. Car Share Cities

A transportation shift is happening across America. Gas prices continue to rise. Car sales are down. Driver’s license ownership is declining. Car share use is up. And millennials, the largest demographic since baby boomers, are moving this trend forward across America.

Walk Score’s new car share infographic shows the top 10 car share cities with the most car share locations (pick-up and drop-off spots) and the top 3 neighborhoods in each city. Top 10 cities with hundreds of car share locations are:

  1. New York City
  2. San Francisco
  3. Chicago
  4. Portland
  5. Washington, DC
  6. Seattle
  7. San Diego
  8. Austin
  9. Miami
  10. Boston

Frequent car share user Suzzanne Lacey says, “I like that car shares allow me to have access to a car but not have to own one.” Lacey lives in a dense, but residential Seattle neighborhood and uses car shares about twice a month. “Parking is tough so along with city living and a lack of parking space, having a car just when I need one makes the most sense for my lifestyle.”

Search for Rentals by Car Share

Walk Score is the only place to search for apartments and rentals near car shares. Our “Gotta Have” apartment search allows you to filter your rental search by car shares (in addition to coffee shops and more).

More than 8,000 car share locations are listed on Walk Score, 7,500 of which are in 900 US cities. It’s easy and convenient for people to skip car ownership in favor of sharing, cutting costs, curbing their carbon footprint and living a more hassle free life. You can find car shares near your home, work or school on Walk Score’s site or iPhone app.

Notable Car Share Trends

Economic and cultural changes are driving the increase in car share use.

  • Car shares save money: Average cost of owning a car is $9,859, while the average hourly cost of a car share is $9.64. If you drive less than 2.5 hours a day, a car share could save you money.
  • According to the New York Times, “Last year, about 800,000 people belonged to car-sharing services in the United States, a 44 percent increase from 2011….”
  • The millennial generation is ditching their cars in droves: “The share of new cars purchased by those aged 18-34 dropped 30% in the last five years, according to the car shopping web site Edmunds.com.” Source: CNN Money
  • Driver’s license ownership down: “According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, just 28% of 16-year-olds and 45% of 17-year-olds had driver’s licences in 2010 (the most recent data available). In 1978, the corresponding figures were nearly half and more than two-thirds.” Source: The Globe and Mail
  • Automakers are taking note: Ford Motor Company released a report on the rapidly rapidly changing auto trends. “Car-sharing services…, carpooling by Gen Yers, bike sharing and ‘multi-mix forms of mobility’ are all explored as signs of how consumers are changing their car habits,” writes Adweek.
  • Americans drive fewer miles: Is the recession causing a temporary blip in car ownership and miles driven? Trends show the shift is more permanent. “…the move away from cars is bigger than the U.S. (and bigger than the recession).” Source: The Atlantic. A DC Streets Blog analysis reports, “Since 2005, Americans have been driving fewer miles each year. While the shift predated the onset of the Great Recession, the question of whether the decline in driving marked a sea change in the way we get around or simply reflected a drop in economic activity has been a matter of considerable debate.”
  • Gas prices keep rising: It’s no surprise to anyone who fuels up. Aside from disposable income being less than any time in decades, gas prices keep rising, making car ownership costs also rise.
  • Car shares offer self-service convenience: Car shares can be rented by the hour 24/7 vs. traditional rental car companies which often require a 1-day minimum rental. You can take public transit to work, then use a car share for a 1-way trip home to grocery shop. Car share locations are all over cities and residential neighborhoods vs. a centrally located rental car office, making car sharing part of every life vs. only on vacation.

Car Share Infographic: Top 10 U.S. Car Sharing Cities

Car Share Infographic Footnotes