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Another American city has recognised that offering car shares to residents is one of the lnks to its public transport plan. Joining Sydney, Melbourne and many US cities, Sacramento has just given the green light to Zipcar to put car share throughout its city. Like other major cities, the Council is putting car share parks on the street so residents can see how easy it is to be less dependent on their own car.

Mayor Kevin Johnson says,“Vehicle sharing in downtown is a win-win for our city. Not only will it play a role in the future of transportation in Sacramento, but will decrease demand for parking and reduce our traffic and emissions.

Councilmember Steve Cohn was the driver of the car-sharing program, in part, because the program makes midtown an even more attractive place to work and reside. “This program is a key step in the greening of Sacramento and fits our shift towards being a more walkable, transit-friendly and youth-oriented city,” said Councilman Cohn.

Interestingly the City will save $35,000 this year by retiring five vehicles from the its own fleet. Employees needing to use a car for a short trip can use car share  instead.

Cityhop co-founder Victoria Carter urges Auckland and Wellington Councils to get beind car share. She says, "residents want these choices and it will support the Council's safer streets policies, air quality programmes,  biking and walking strategies and of course compliment  all the money that goes into public transportation."

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