Many businesses are joining Cityhop, NZ’s first car share and taking advantage of sharing a car.
“Car share is accepted as one the “missing links” in any urban transportation system especially for a fast-growing urban centre faced with increasingly clogged arteries,” says Victoria Carter, former Auckland City Councillor and now CEO and founder of NZ’s first car share Cityhop.
“Car sharing helps people kick the car-owning habit, without going cold turkey, and offers the financial reward of saving them money,” she adds.
“We have a number of businesses who have signed up to cityhop and encourage their staff to car share rather than taxi. In fact one of our clients has a policy taxi to
“It’s more economical than adding another fleet car and enables a company to really see the true use of the ‘wheels. It is also more sustainable so they can add it to reducing their footprint.”
Car share is the new wave. Since December 2008 at least 5 new car share companies have started up around the world, including two in
Victoria Carter observes that engineers and architects appear to be the fastest to accept a new idea like car share with firms like Maunsell, Ignite and Swan Reilley being early adapters. Isthmus, a leading nationwide urban design and landscape architecture practice joined Cityhop this week. Director Gavin Lister decided to give up his corporate car park and instead make it available for a Cityhop car park. Says Mr Lister, “At Isthmus we frequently need a car during the day to attend meetings with clients or make site visits. I use public transport to get to and from work.
Says, Richard Garrett, NZ Marketing Manager, Maunsell Ltd, “Cityhop offers our staff an easy to use transport option and is showing real leadership in the drive to reduce
“Maunsell’s involvement with Cityhop has been an exciting and positive experience. We are supporting a great eco-focused initiative which aligns with our values, ends Mr Garrett.
Cityhop has 20 cars in car parks in the Auckland CBD, Parnell and