Council expands car club fleet as demand shoots up post-lockdown
Bradford Council has expanded its car club as it reports growing demand for mobility options post-lockdown.
The scheme is run in partnership with Enterprise Car Club and provides a range of low-emission vehicles for community mobility, including cars and vans.
It’s already seen keen demand – the number of members in the city doubled in 2019 but have already seen a 30% rise so far in 2020. The council’s own employees also already use Enterprise Car Club for their business journeys.
The expansion will help meet the growing demand, with four new locations added, also providing vehicles 24/7. Vehicles can be rented by the hour from £7.40 and are deep-cleaned between each rental.
The expansion of the Bradford scheme echoes the growth of Enterprise Car Club nationally. It now has 1,400 on-street low emission, hybrid and electric vehicles in 180 towns, cities and communities across the UK, in addition to the 85 vehicles based at 50 locations across West Yorkshire.
The Bradford scheme also supports the council’s aim of delivering more integrated public and shared transport options to reduce congestion and pollution and provide convenient access to active and sustainable travel.
Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, executive member for regeneration, planning and transport at Bradford Council, said: “As the UK comes out of lockdown, people are keen to travel again in the most sustainable and efficient way possible. Car clubs are an easy and convenient solution that is also great value for money. Plus, members know that as well as protecting the environment, every vehicle has been thoroughly sanitised between each use.
“Our aim is to reduce CO2 emissions across Bradford without affecting people’s access to a wide range of convenient transport options. Working with Enterprise is helping us to achieve that goal. The new locations are also a welcome addition for our growing number of city centre residents, as well as those who work, visit and shop here.”