shared mobility: travel on demand

Shared mobility services can fill gaps in the region’s transit network and provide convenient travel options for commute and personal trips. The San Diego region features shared mobility options that offer viable alternatives to driving alone, helping to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.

Bikeshare services provide both members and casual users with 24/7 access to a bikes at convenient locations. The City of San Diego features a station-based bikeshare option through DecoBike, allowing users to rent a bike at a self-serve station and return it to any station in the system’s service area.

Carshare services offer access to neighborhood-based fleets of vehicles 24/7. Members can rest easy knowing that usage fees cover all vehicle-related expenses, including insurance, parking, and emergency roadside service.  When you have access to a vehicle throughout the day for errands or meetings, it becomes more convenient to take transit, carpool, vanpool, walk, or bike to work or school.

car2go offers a fleet of Smart Fortwo vehicles in the City of San Diego. Members simply locate a car2go via the web or smartphone app, drive it to their destination, and park the vehicle for another member to use. Zipcar members have access to a wide variety of vehicles around the City of San Diego, from VW Jettas to MINI convertibles to BMW X1s. Members can reserve a car for as little as one hour or as long as one week before returning the vehicle to its home location.

car2go and Zipcar also make it convenient for universities regionwide to offer carsharing services to their students, eliminating the hassle of keeping a personal car on campus.

Ridesourcing services like Uber, Lyft, and The Free Ride have the potential to decrease vehicle ownership and demand for parking when they are geared toward true ridesharing. Travelers enter their destinations to be matched with drivers via a smartphone app.

UberPOOL and Lyft Line operate like an on-demand carpool by matching travelers that request rides along a similar route, allowing passengers headed in the same direction to share the cost.

Uber for Business and Lyft for Work are corporate-sponsored transportation options that allow employers to either cover the cost of rideshare services for their employees, or integrate rideshare services into pre-tax benefit plans. These services can help reduce stress for commuters by providing a connection to/from transit while helping employers deal with limited parking.

The Free Ride (FRED) is a fun, friendly, and interactive electric shuttle serving busy Downtown San Diego. Thousands of weekly riders are transported within the coverage area for free, which stretches from the Gaslamp to Little Italy. Download The Free Ride App to catch a free ride when you're downtown.

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