With the great focus on sustainability, locally produced and eco-friendly choices in today’s society, ridesharing with Passenger is definitely the way to commute to keep up with the trends. Not only is carpooling saving your wallet, it is also saving our planet. Passenger outlines why carpooling is the most sustainable choice when commuting.
Ridesharing is the most sustainable choice of transport as we reduce the number of vehicles used, decrease our greenhouse gas emission and make space in the cities for people instead of cars.
By now, we all know about global warming, and how it’s severely affecting our planet in a negative way. Carbon dioxide constitutes almost 82% of the greenhouse gases being emitted into the air through human activities. 34% of the total US carbon dioxide emission comes from transportation¹.
We can easily diminish our carbon footprint by not burning as much fossil fuels. Instead of 5 people heading in the same direction in 5 different cars, ridesharing would enable these 5 people to go in 1 car together. By doing that, only 1/5 of the fossil fuels would be burned.
Not only is carbon dioxide emission a major problem when it comes to driving, so is the traffic. If the number of cars in use would decrease, so would the traffic-jammed roads and the congestion that is affecting our daily commute. Not only does traffic congestion contribute to an additional 3 billion gallons of fuels burned, it results in an approximate 7 billion extra hours stuck in traffic².
Using the same logic as before, if 5 different people made use of the full capacity of 1 car, only 1/5 of the number of cars would be out on the roads. This would significantly clear up the roads and the cities.
When we’re talking about sustainability, we’re also talking about costs. Traffic congestions are expensive: in 2014, congestion cost the US around 160 billion dollars³, a frightening number spent on no good. For the private person as well, being stuck in traffic is expensive. If you spend a lot of time in traffic, you have to spend a lot on fuel. Furthermore, using your car for hours every day means having to service it more frequently. These are further reasons why we should use fewer cars and split the costs instead.
If everyone in the city used carpooling as means of transportation, there wouldn’t have to be as many parking spaces available. Our cities need outdoor areas like parks and walking streets, not heavily trafficked roads and parking lots.
The Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley stated that for each car-sharing vehicle in use, there are on average from 9 to 13 fewer cars on the road⁴. Imagine what this extra space could do to our cities.
How many times have you seen a bus completely empty or a taxi aimlessly travelling in search of passengers? Carpooling with Passenger in real-time will allow you to fully make use of your vehicle. Owning a car feels a lot better when you’re actually maximizing its potential. Again…. why only use 1/5 of a car? With Passenger, carpooling has never been more valuable: earn money and earn Leaf points, then cash out whenever you want!
So, what are you waiting for? Start ridesharing now! Download the Passenger beta.
1. Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks
2. 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX
3. 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX
4. Mobility and the Shared Economy: Impact Synopsis