For some commuters the only available travel choice is the car. Encouraging car sharing to the TP+ area can make best use of existing vehicles, save commuters' money, reduce congestion and protect our environment. Car Sharing is also an effective tool in managing parking demand by reducing the number of vehicles parking at a given site.
If you car share every working day for a year, you can save enough money to buy yourself a large flat screen TV!
Check out the TP+ fuel cost savings car sharing calculator. Just key in the current cost of petrol per litre and how many miles to the gallon your car travels...the rest is taken care of by the "Car Sharing Calculator".
Car Sharing Fuel Cost Savings Calculator (297 KB)
Not sure about your Miles Per Gallon (MPG), check out AA's website to help you find out more about your car (AA Car Buyer's Guide)
For more detailed information on savings by car sharing, take a look at the cost saving's calculator on the Camshare website; this tool takes into account fuel, car depreciation, and insurance. Visit CamShare Car Sharing Calculator
For a one-stop solution you could join CamShare, a web based matching service (for both car and cycle journeys) for everyone who lives, works and travels in and around Cambridgeshire. CamShare is managed by liftshare.co.uk and is funded by the Travel for Work Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council.
Did you know that there are specific car sharing groups already set up for people working on Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge Business Park and Cambridge Regional College? What does this mean? It means you could find a car sharing match with somebody who works near you, making it even more convenient for you both.
Use the following links to register for whichever group applies to you and begin sharing! Registration is free.
Cambridge Science Park - Cambridge Science Park
Cambridge Business Park - Cambridge Business Park
Cambridge Regional College - Cambridge Regional College
To download a poster for car sharing, please visit the Display Board Download Page.
A commuter registers basic details of their journey and preferences, for example non-smoking and car-sharing with the same sex only
CamShare searches the database for suitable matches
Contact is made securely via the CamShare website
Car Sharing begins
Security is a top priority where CamShare can only be accessed by password and accounts may not be transferred or shared with any other party, temporarily or permanently. Liftshare Safety Procedure
Your organisation's IT system may see Camshare emails as spam, however in reality it could be an email from a potential car sharer making contact to car share. Here are some instructions you should sent to you IT dept to all Camshare contact emails to get through Camshare Access
A common fear of potential car sharers is not being able to get home in the case of emergency, if an unplanned event happens (staying at work later) or being stranded at work because their ride had to unexpectantly leave. About 25% of potential car sharers said they would give car sharing a try if there was a policy in place which would guarentee they would get home at the end of the day.
By having a Guaranteed Ride Home policy in place, this will ease the fear for many people in car sharing. In the usual case, if someone cannot get a ride home with their car sharer or any other colleague, the organisation will pay for the person to take a taxi home. This is quite rare and of minimal cost. For tips, templates and direction on how to implement a Emergency Ride Home Policy, please click on the links below from Liftshare.co.uk
Guaranteed Ride Home Information
GRH general costs
Sample GRH application
GRH Template Guidelines
GRH Helpdesk Template
A well managed car park can greatly aid the success of a car share scheme. For example a guaranteed space for car sharers is a valuable incentive. Painting out the best car spaces for sharers is a graphic way of giving prominence to car sharing.
"I car share with my wife everyday. Even though our offices are 5 miles apart, I drop her off first and then pick her up after work, it saves us a lot of money. We catch up on our day in the car and we have great conversations too. Plus, car sharing is a great way to get us into the office on-time."
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