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Car-sharing: the obvious way to boost road use efficiency and cut emissions

Ali Clabburn of Liftshare argues that a massive ‘quick hit’ in improving travel sustainability can be achieved by promoting the idea of sharing journies

Ali Clabburn, Liftshare

Why do we make the travel choices we do? Perhaps we each perceive that the choice we make provides us with the best balance of convenience, travel time, cost, enjoyment and well-being. Sometimes we also include consideration for the environmental impact of our journeys in our decisions.

I first came across lift sharing in Germany in 1993. I wanted to visit a friend in Hamburg and my first choice was to go by train. However, when I discovered the price was so high, I looked into coaches –...

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