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.
We track the total number of vehicles registered in Cambridge, and compare it to the total number of households. This gives 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.
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.
How You Can Help
Sign Up For A Car Sharing Service
Switch one trip per week from your private car to a trip made by car share.More Information
Switch it up!
Switch one trip per week from a trip made by car to a trip made by walking, biking, or public transit.More Information
Do the math
See if you could save money if you didn’t own a car, and used car share services, transit, walking and biking to get around.More Information
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