Car-sharing revisited

In a recent article in The Royal Gazette, Premier Brown is suggested to still be in talks with international business about how to have fewer cars on the road and ease traffic congestion.  Unfortunately, Premier Brown far too often takes a win-lose approach to solving the issues of our island and fails to recognize that innovative solutions already exist to curb the number of cars and congestion.  It’s called car-sharing.

Premier Brown’s recent suggestion that the PLP have kept their promises with regards to transportation may find at least a few people who disagree with him.   Disagreements aside, his other plans for transportation in the future may still be lacking, as despite offering free public transport, this writer (who has free access to public transport due to his conscription in the regiment) still doesn’t take it.  The reason has on numerous occasions been pointed out where service still needs improvement, and the month of or after the election would be a hard indication of promises kept.  Further, there is still the whole issue of taxis that GPS failed to solve, especially when you need to catch a flight.

Premier Brown should take a moment out of his busy schedule to read the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or, if he finds himself too busy to read, he could always have his driver pop the audiobook version in the audio player while he’s being chauffered around in his police escorted limosine.  By doing so, he would gain the insight of habit #4 of thinking win-win when approaching various issues related to our island.  A win-win approach to solving the traffic approach wouldn’t look upon our international business to take a loss by being asked to solve our problems for us.  Instead, we should be looking for win-win situations where noone is forced to compromise and both gain the desired result.

As suggested all the way back in April, a win-win approach to solving our traffic congestion woes is to introduce legislation that encourages car sharing businesses.  Car sharing, which has achieved considerable success around the world, would offer individuals the benefits of being able to use a car such as getting groceries, having friends visit, transporting things purchased in town and even carrying kiteboarding gear when there’s a little wind.  All without the drawbacks of the high expense of taxi’s and the pains of actually getting one.  Many people, even those such as this writer, often get a car just as a means to satisfy these needs that present transportation solutions do not adequately address.  Car-sharing legislation should be an obvious win-win solution that Bermudians and ex-pats alike could take advantage of to solve our own traffic woes.

Premier Brown may think promises have been kept and indeed many things have been done, but yet there is still a long way we need to go.  We could be taking a win-win approach to solving the issues of our island and taking heed of innovative solutions that are being used elsewhere in the world to solve the issues of traffic congestion.  Car-sharing happens to be one such example.

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So, there are now new buses being bought for St Davids, and I hear that we will be getting a NEW ferry stop at BoazIsland… yay… all as a result of the people’s requests.
Lets forget that there was ALWAYS a ferry stop at Boaz Island, and it was the good Dr. that shut it down in the first place.

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Denis, You might be interested in this Letter to the Editor if you haven’t seen it already. Coincidentally, it was sent/printed on 15th November ’06. There’s mention of car clubs therein, relevant to your car sharing in your posting. Formatting likely will be lost, but you’ll get the gist. In solidarity, FOBB 15th November 2006 Dear Editor: I’ve been meaning to write this memo for years, for I returned to the Island some time ago an enthusiastic user of HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes and believe the concept could be applied here with success. In addition, a number of other… Read more »

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This is one area that I think Dr Brown is not adequately equipped to address because he doesn’t have much personal experience with public transport.
The expanded bus service, as pointed out by Limey recently, still hasn’t been implemented. Dr. Brown mentions minibuses for St David’s; what about Devil’s Hole for instance?
As it looks, there’s no end in sight to more single-occupied cars piling on our roads especially during rush hour, as incentives to do otherwise aren’t increasing.

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Government may have already decided on one form of traffic control but has yet to make the decision public. Soon after 3M’s Traffic Safety Systems Division was awarded the contract to install the new RFID system(in May of this year), a local TCD spokesperson was quoted by a U.S. media outlet as saying that one of the (longer term) goals of the system was to utilise its abilities to enforce the implementation of congestion controls. I don’t believe it was David Burt (Chairman of the PLP) who was quoted as the source, even thought his company, GMD Consulting, appears (at… Read more »

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i don’t know if it’s applicable but in toronto they have zip cars and auto-share – both co-ops that allow members to rent cars by the hour for errands – it’s a great service and the pricing and mileage charge makes it prohibitve to take it for the weekend or something. it’s great 4 people who live downtown and bike to and from work and to dinner etc.
all this 2 say that i don’t know if it could wrk there but it does wrk well here.