Overview

Gasoline and diesel powered vehicles emit air pollution and cause congestion. A long history of building our cities around automobile use has resulted in huge amounts of space being dedicated to moving and storing these vehicles. That space could be used for other public good. In order to create a healthier community and realize the benefits of dedicating space to other uses, Cambridge is looking to reduce car ownership.

Cambridge has a goal of reducing car ownership 15% below 1990 levels by 2020. Actions to meet this goal will also help the City achieve its greenhouse gas, air quality, and vision zero goals, while making the City more livable.

#

Number of Vehicles Compared to Households

We track the total number of vehicles registered in Cambridge, and compare it to the total number of households. This give us an average number of vehicles per household, which we would like to see trend downward. This means fewer vehicles registered in Cambridge while accounting for population growth.

Our Data and Goals
  • 44,108

    Vehicles

    1996

    Baseline
  • 47,172

    Vehicles

    2008

  • 47,933

    Vehicles

    2016

  • 37,492

    Vehicles

    2020

    Goal
Our Data and Goals
1996

Baseline

44,108

Vehicles
2008

47,172

Vehicles
2016

47,933

Vehicles
2020

Goal

37,492

Vehicles
Charts & Graphs

While the number of households in Cambridge continues to increase, the number of cars in the City has remained flat. This reflects the City’s success at creating enough alternative options for getting around- which is a priority for our sustainable transportation goals.

Car Ownership

This chart shows the number of all vehicle types registered in Cambridge.

View Our Sources Here

Cambridge Implements Traffic Calming Measures to Make Walking Nicer

How You Can Help

Recent Updates for Cambridge
Curbside Composting Starts in April!

The Curbside Compost Program will expand to all buildings with 1 to 12 units on April 2. Food scraps and compostables will be picked up weekly on the same day as trash and recycling.

Full Article
City of Cambridge- Celebrating One Year as a Five Star Community

One year ago, the City of Cambridge confirmed its role as a leader on sustainability by earning a Five Star Rating from Star Communities. Cambridge received the highest score of any city in North America.

Full Article