Share a ride with your neigh­bours

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

If you live in any kind of com­mu­nity hous­ing scheme such as a sec­tional ti­tle com­plex or a life­style es­tate, the chances are that you're al­ready re­duc­ing wa­ter and elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion by shar­ing a gar­den, ac­cess roads, se­cu­rity light­ing, elec­tric fenc­ing and maybe a pool or a fit­ness cen­tre with your neigh­bours.

How­ever, if you want to be even more ecofriendly, why not also join forces with your co-own­ers and neigh­bours when it comes to trans­port?

Lift club

"You could start a good old-fash­ioned lift club to get the kids to their af­ter­noon ac­tiv­i­ties, for ex­am­ple, or go su­per-mod­ern and share your Uber to work ev­ery day or to the air­port once a week with other res­i­dents," says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt In­ter­na­tional prop­erty group.

"Your scheme might even con­sider fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of many re­tire­ment vil­lages, which have a com­mu­nal ve­hi­cle with a driver to take res­i­dents on sched­uled trips to the shops or other des­ti­na­tions. This will re­duce your fuel costs (which is a con­cern for ev­ery­one as petrol prices con­tinue to rise) as well as the run­ning costs of your ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing in­sur­ance and main­te­nance."

More im­por­tantly in the en­vi­ron­men­tal sense, he says, it will help to take more cars off the road. "In New York City, for ex­am­ple, the Uber pool-car con­cept is ex­pected to re­duce the num­ber of cars com­ing into the city by 1 mil­lion a day within the next few years. And in South Africa, as the con­cept of trans­portshar­ing gains ground, many fam­i­lies are al­ready find­ing that they can eas­ily man­age with one car in­stead of two, or even that they don't need a ve­hi­cle of their own at all."


Everitt says this means less traf­fic con­ges­tion, less wear and tear on roads and, of course, less air pol­lu­tion and fuel con­sump­tion over­all. "Ul­ti­mately, it could also mean less need for park­ing in­fra­struc­ture and new road devel­op­ment, so that more re­sources can be di­rected to the devel­op­ment of other fa­cil­i­ties such as schools, hos­pi­tals, parks and even so­cial hous­ing.

"At an in­di­vid­ual level, it will prob­a­bly also mean that most homes don't need garages, and that new homes can be built on smaller stands, or that ex­ist­ing garages can be turned into store­rooms, of­fices, stu­dios, or even in­come-gen­er­at­ing Airbnb venues."

Is­sued by Chas Everitt In­ter­na­tional

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