15 Years of GoGet Car Share | The long term benefits Carsharing
As we write this, it’s been 15 years since GoGet was founded in Sydney. It’s been an incredible journey for Australia’s largest GoGet car share network, and one that’s had a big positive impact on the future of our cities.
GoGet Origins – The history of Car Share in Australia
In June 2003, Bruce Jeffreys and Nic Lowe met in a Sydney coffee shop and got talking. They both agreed that traffic in the city was getting unbearable, and that it was harder than ever to find parking in the inner-city.
Car ownership, they realised, was the problem. If people could sell their cars and get affordable and convenient access to a car when they needed one, Bruce and Nic figured people would drive less, and make our cities better places to live.
They were right! They had taken their first step in a global movement toward shared mobility. Learn more about the History of Car Share here.
They started Newtown Car Share with a dozen people who signed up at a stall they setup at the Newtown festival. Within a year the company expanded to Melbourne and re-branded to GoGet Carshare.
What does 15 years of car share look like?
We’ve had some big wins over 15 years. Here are just some of the ways GoGet has made Australia a better place to live.
GoGet is used by more Australian’s than ever before – including 20% of all drivers in the City of Sydney.
28,000+ fewer cars
Every GoGet removes up to a dozen private cars. With 3,000 GoGet cars, that’s a lot less manufacturing demand!
5 million trips
GoGet members are now making around a million trips a year, as car share usage picks up speed.
50 million fewer kms
Thanks to GoGet, 50 million fewer kilometres are driven every year. That’s reduced traffic and pollution in our cities.
130km of parking
Fewer private cars means less demand for parking. In total, GoGet has freed up 130km of kerbside parking.
A global leader
Per capita, Sydney is a larger car share hub than New York, San Francisco, and Boston.
We’re not the only ones to thank
We literally couldn’t have done any of this without our members, past and present. If it wasn’t for the willingness of the hundreds of thousands of people across Australia to embrace car share, we wouldn’t have been able to offer a serious alternative to car ownership, like we do today.
So, if you;
– Are a GoGetter,
– Were a member in the past,
– Are from one of our partners,
– Belong to another network,
– Have shared the road with a share car:
Thank You! Here’s to another 15 years.