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Car sharing in the countryside: Jesberg as a model for other communities?

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C arsharing as a supplement to local public transport in urban areas is a big topic for city planners and mobility service providers. But shared cars can also make sense outside of the pulsating metropolises, albeit a little different.

In the Hessian community of Jesberg with a population of 2,500, halfway between Marburg and Kassel, the association “ Right of way for Jesberg eV “committed to shared mobility for local citizens. Surveys have shown that the residents almost exclusively cover a large part of their distances by car, even within the municipality, which is divided into five districts. There are even said to be more private cars than bicycles, although 20 percent of Jesberg cars cover less than 5,000 kilometers a year.

Poor local transport network forces people into cars

The reason for constant driving lies in here, as in many other rural communities, in the often unsuitable for everyday public transport with long intervals and bus stops far from the starting point or destination.

'Vorfahrt für Jesberg' wants to counter this situation with a multi-layered mobility offer. In addition to a pick-up and delivery service by cargo bike and bike rental, car sharing is also one of the club's offers.

As with the big models, a shared car is paid for depending on the vehicle class, the distance traveled or, alternatively, a daily flat rate. In addition to a Smart Fortwo ED, VW Caddy and Ford Tourneo, a Renault Zoe will soon complete the vehicle fleet.

With its range of cars and bicycles for short-term rentals, the Jesberger association not only wants to meet the mobility needs of the local people , but also make a contribution to climate protection by reducing private car traffic.

Car sharing also with other municipalities

Car sharing and the sharing of private cars with one another can also set an example beyond municipal boundaries . A Jesberger woman has expressed interest in using the association's Smart to go to work in neighboring Homberg. Before she goes home with the vehicle after work, it should be used by colleagues there for errands.

The same applies to car sharing vehicles in Homberg. They are used during the day by employees of the city and district administration, the Kreissparkasse and the local energy supplier. Then the employees can drive home with the cars and then as wellStock up on existing local car sharing services at weekends in the surrounding communities. The next morning the employees come back to Homberg in their cars.

This project is controlled by participating companies and authorities who work with a service provider on site for processing.

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