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Zip Cars: Ron Clarke's latest thought bubble

Started by colinw, June 06, 2011, 10:27:01 AM

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colinw

Zip Cars - just like Citycycle but with cars?  Not sure what to make of this, apparently it already exists in Sydney & Melbourne.  :conf

The Bulletin -> Zip cars are mayor's latest little earner

QuoteZIP cars are the next in a string of transport solutions driven by Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke.

Cr Clarke announced the idea of zip cars to an Institute of Business Leaders breakfast on the Gold Coast this week when he was talking about future budget initiatives.

The concept, which is already in place in Melbourne and Sydney, involves the cheap, short-term rental of vehicles by a self-service company.

If the concept was to go ahead, customers would pay a joining fee and then between $5 and $8 an hour to hire a car, which they would pick up at small rental lots dotted around the city.

The concept follows several futuristic transport solutions that have been suggested by Cr Clarke since he became mayor in 2004, including bike hire, the solar ferry service, people pods, rapid bus transit, a monorail service and environmentally friendly mopeds.

He also pushed a tunnel network, including construction of a tunnel under the Seaway to South Stradbroke Island.

Cr Clarke said this week that many families would no longer need two vehicles because zip cars could be used for occasional trips.

It is also called Flexicar and Go Get in other parts of Australia.

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I get headaches with these "boutique" intitiatives. By all means it might help, but the basics have to be gotten right.
Ferry services might be interesting though.
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somebody

And hasn't this initiative taken off in Sydney big time?

Not a bad idea, but not exactly one to get traffic off roads.

SurfRail

Pointless dithering - another in a long line of nonsense from Council, who have actually managed to get some things right PT-wise amongst the rest of it.

What is so special about the Gold Coast that basic principles worked out elsewhere over a century and more of self-propelled public transport can't be copied and applied here?  

Fix the public transport system and you won't have a need for these wacky dudes shenanigans.  Buy more and higher-capacity buses for Surfside and deploy them more efficiently, and plan for further light rail rollouts north and south of the current system under construction.
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O_128

Quote from: SurfRail on June 06, 2011, 11:31:12 AM
Pointless dithering - another in a long line of nonsense from Council, who have actually managed to get some things right PT-wise amongst the rest of it.

What is so special about the Gold Coast that basic principles worked out elsewhere over a century and more of self-propelled public transport can't be copied and applied here?  

Fix the public transport system and you won't have a need for these wacky dudes shenanigans.  Buy more and higher-capacity buses for Surfside and deploy them more efficiently, and plan for further light rail rollouts north and south of the current system under construction.

The gold coast is interesting because the infrastrcuture is actually growing with the population unlike brisbane. The gold coast has the potential to have the best PT in Australia.
"Where else but Queensland?"

SurfRail

Quote from: O_128 on June 06, 2011, 11:43:19 AM
Quote from: SurfRail on June 06, 2011, 11:31:12 AM
Pointless dithering - another in a long line of nonsense from Council, who have actually managed to get some things right PT-wise amongst the rest of it.

What is so special about the Gold Coast that basic principles worked out elsewhere over a century and more of self-propelled public transport can't be copied and applied here? 

Fix the public transport system and you won't have a need for these wacky dudes shenanigans.  Buy more and higher-capacity buses for Surfside and deploy them more efficiently, and plan for further light rail rollouts north and south of the current system under construction.

The gold coast is interesting because the infrastrcuture is actually growing with the population unlike brisbane. The gold coast has the potential to have the best PT in Australia.

Certainly does, if they would get off their backsides and sort out some of the basic problems with the bus network now instead of trying to do it all at once in 4 years time.

We can have an adequate network up until 2014 with some better late night services, upping some hourly frequencies to half-hourly and redesigning the oldest timetables.

We can have an excellent network from 2014 when the additional VKT becomes available to be funnelled away from the central GC Highway stretch to major corridors like the existing 706 from Southport to Paradise Point, the 20/20A/745, the 750, the 765 etc.

What I want avoided is a situation where a huge number of changes are introduced at once.  I'd like to see incremental improvements in the lead-up to GCRT opening to get people on-side and used to transferring etc, so they can see the benefits.
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haakon

Quote from: Simon on June 06, 2011, 11:21:59 AM
And hasn't this initiative taken off in Sydney big time?

Not a bad idea, but not exactly one to get traffic off roads.

Yes Go get would be the biggest one. Have a look at their map. Each green flag is an available car.

http://www.goget.com.au/find-cars.html

According to a north sydney local council report each share car takes about 15 private cars off the road and drives up PT usage.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B8V-zZBUpo-pYmFkZjhkMmUtMDc1Yy00NDE0LTg5MjktMTk4N2UzMzcyMjZh&sort=name&layout=list&pid=0B8V-zZBUpo-pMzgyYmY1MDgtNTk5My00Y2Y2LWFkMDEtOGNkZDg2NTdhMGZi&cindex=2

And to think they had this in Brisbane to, but BCC killed it off by denying them on street parking.

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