Car sharing is a model of car rental, available in over 1000 cities in many nations, where people rent cars for short periods of time, often by the hour. They are attractive to customers who need only occasional use of a vehicle, as well as others who would like occasional access to a vehicle of a different type than they use day-to-day. Car sharing is preferable to car rental, as stations are located in city centers and neighborhoods much like bike sharing stations, so they are easily accessible to city residents as a point-to-point form of transit.
In developing countries, well over two-thirds of traffic accident injuries are suffered by pedestrians, of which one-third are children. Across the globe, dangerous traffic puts children at risk. With Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS), communities give children what they deserve: safe access to education.
Safe Routes to School is a process that empowers community members to create safer streets: by educating the public, linking concerned groups and providing the community with planning tools. It gives all involved a chance to envision what their community could be: a community safe for children which allows children safe access to school
Every car trip begins and ends in a parking space, making parking regulation a powerful way to manage congestion and improve air quality. They can also free up valuable public space in urban centers for bike lanes, bus lanes, or streetscape improvements or even help raise funds for these initiatives.
ITDP reviewed parking practices in ten European cities that are leaders in parking policy reforms that have: revitalized and fostered thriving town centers; significantly reduced private car trips and air pollution; and improved quality of life. ITDP presents these case studies as examples of best practices for cities around the world.
Streets are much more than thoroughfares for cars and trucks. Particularly in poor neighborhoods, they serve walkers, cyclists, and provide recreational opportunities for children. What’s more, streets are often the most common place for neighbors to meet and converse, providing vital social and civic functions.