What inspired the idea of GoGet?
In 2003, the GoGet founders Nic Lowe and Bruce Jeffreys were living in Newtown, Sydney where they saw dozens – if not hundreds – of cars lining the streets and going largely unused. They saw a problem and, wondering if there was a more efﬁcient way to provide access to car travel without drivers needing to own a vehicle, GoGet was their solution. Beginning with three vehicles shared between 12 members, GoGet has since grown to 2,000 cars shared by 90,000 members.
number of cars they need and improve convenience for employees who can pick up a share vehicle near their home, rather than commuting to work ﬁrst.
them and the future residents of their buildings.
What are the beneﬁts for the economy?
There’s the obvious cost-saving advantage, and an environmental advantage in that consumers are using less cars and producing fewer emissions, but there’s also a beneﬁt for the wider community. Trying to ﬁnd parking in the city and near public transport stations can be a growing source of frustration. GoGet has dedicated bays in these areas for its vehicles, so this minimises the time, cost, frustration and emissions created by driving from place to place to ﬁnd a car park.
Can drivers use a combination of GoGet and other transport methods?
We believe in choosing the right mode for the right trip. If public transport is the most convenient option for a trip, use public transport; if your day will be easiest driving, use a share car; and if the best option is to walk, then by all means, walk. We’re big supporters of public transport because it’s the backbone of any solid city infrastructure system, and when it isn’t the best option, carsharing is available.
What are the beneﬁts for a driver using GoGet?
The average residential driver will save on vehicle-related costs such as purchase price, petrol, parking, maintenance, registration and insurance. Businesses with pool-cars are saving money by using GoGet too. They often have a substantial amount of money and capital tied up in vehicles that sit idle, so by using GoGet the businesses reduce the
What’s new for GoGet?
Developers are increasingly using carshare to provide the amenity of mobility to their future residents without the costly need to provide parking for an individual vehicle for every resident. In fact, a recent land and environment court ruling in NSW ruled that a single carshare vehicle can replace 10 to 12 parking spots. Increasingly businesses are ﬁnding that the sustainability beneﬁts and cost savings associated with GoGet for business provide a compelling alternative to traditional ownership, ﬂeet management or ground transport like taxis, hire cars and pool cars. gs
Do you predict this shift will see fewer garages in new homes, creating more space for housing?
Absolutely. I think the way parking is provided in developments is being re-examined because Australians have been given the same options for 50 or 60 years. Now we have a wealth of options that allow people to get around without needing to own a vehicle which is freeing up space in the streets and in buildings. We’re encouraging developers to seize the beneﬁts carsharing can offer
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