Car-Sharing in Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær and Akureyri
In Hafnarfjörður they will be parked at a lot at Fjarðargata and Linnetstígur and in Garðabær the parking will be at Garðatorg. A car will also be available in Akureyri within the next few days.
To use the service people need to subscribe and download an app, where orders and payments are arranged as well. The project is a co-operative between the car-sharing company Zipcar and EFLA Consulting Engineers along with the municipalities in question and was partly funded by a grant from the Icelandic Road Administration (Vegagerðin) research fund.
Shared vehicles already accessible in Reykjavik
Thirteen shared vehicles have been available in Reykjavik during the past year and one in Kópavougr. Gísli Þór Guðmundsson, a project manager for Zipcar, says that the car-sharing service has been well received and that people are using them for short as well as longer trips. “Most people use the service for shorter trips within the city. They may take the bus to a particular place and then they use the car to do some shopping. Then they drive back home, offload the groceries and return the car” says Gísli Þór.
Asked how they managed to keep the cars clean he says that they are cleaned every two to three days, depending on how much they have been used. The gasoline cars have a petrol card inside them which people can use to fill up.
Travel habits monitored for the next six months
The shared vehicles are a research project which will last for six month in Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær and Akureyri. During this time EFLA will analyze peoples' travel tendencies and attitudes towards the cars and the service. Car-sharing is already in use in countries around the world and an announcement from Hafnarfjörður officials states that they can play a large role in improving the lives of those who choose a lifestyle without a private car.