Harrogate Car Club is estimated to reduce 780,000 miles of journeys

28 October 2020

Alongside measures to promote active travel, Harrogate Borough Council is spending £28,000 from Traffic Reduction Measures to support a car club scheme across the district. Partnered with and provided by Co-Wheels, people can hire a car 24/7 on a pay-as-you-go basis to reduce the environmental impact of owning a private car.

Two thirds of Harrogate drivers’ journeys fall under 1.6km in length, which is contributing to the town’s high congestion levels. The transport sector is the root of the majority of air quality issues in the Harrogate District and Harrogate Borough Council wanted to encourage people to become less dependent on owning cars to reduce carbon emissions in the area, improve air quality, and the health of the town’s residents and visitors.

The Harrogate Car Club scheme enables people to rent a car by the hour at short notice, meaning people can drive around the town in one of ten cars placed around the town. Sessions can be as short as 30 minutes to a full day on a pay-as-you-go basis.

As part of the ultra-low emission vehicle strategy, the Harrogate Car Club is Co-Wheels first Hybrid car club, with the cars combining a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor helping to reduce overall exhaust emissions. There are also plans to advance this by creating a fully electric fleet of vehicles once the on-street charging provisions are in place.

One car club vehicle is the equivalent of taking 10-15 cars off the road

As the average Harrogate car owner clocks 7,800 miles per year, the Harrogate Car Club is estimated to reduce 780,000 miles of journeys on the roads in Harrogate every year. Thanks to car clubs, more and more people are reconsidering their travel habits; 63% of car club members clock up an average of 500 miles per year and car usage drops by 53% in the first years of membership.

Having fewer cars on Harrogate’s roads reduces carbon and emissions, improves the local air quality, and reduces traffic and congestion.

Car club members tend to use other means of transportation such as walking, cycling or public transport, significantly improving health and wellbeing. They also save around £3000 per year compared with owning a car as car clubs eliminate the costs associated with servicing, fuel, MOT, tax and depreciation.


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