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Surry Hills GoGet Car Share Analysis

posted 17 Jul 2012, 03:44 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 17 Jul 2012, 05:16 ]

Dear residents,

We've received some interesting information provided by two Surry Hills residents with regards to the GoGet car share scheme.  The data in their study was collected in May & June of 2012, and the below presented to City of Sydney Council in June 2012.

View the complete presentation here

The group responsbile weren't against car sharing, and had used it happily for a number of years. Their issue is the continuing expansion of car sharing through allocation of public resources to private companies (for almost zero cost). This is impacting residents and is not achieving the aims of the Council to reduce the number of cars on the road. The council should re-evaluate the benefits of car sharing before giving away any more public land.

They collected 254 hours of data in total. The average utilisation of all of the 17 cars was only 20%. Each day an average of 11 cars had zero hours of bookings for the entire day.

With such low utilization numbers why does the City of Sydney Council continue to give away scarce public resources like this to a private company?

They also wanted look at the statement made by the council that the continuing expansion of car share schemes is taking cars off the road and leading to residents not needing cars. The media has recently reported one way of approaching this, by looking at Census data. This showed that the number of cars per household in the Sydney council area has not declined over the past 5 years, a period when car share spots has increased dramatically.

Futhermore, they asked the City of Sydney council to provide statistics on the number of residential parking permits issued in their parking area in Surry Hills (area 18). Residential parking permits are used by residents to legally park their car on the street so directly reflect the number of cars in our area. The council sent these numbers:

2005 - 811 permits issued

2006 - 808

2007 - 782

2008 - 762

2009 - 874

2010 - 961

2011 - 914

The number of resident cars in their area had increased over the period, when the number of car share cars available would have increased by at least 400%.

Friends of Erskineville,
17 Jul 2012, 04:23
Friends of Erskineville,
17 Jul 2012, 05:15