Investigation on the Drivers and the Barriers for Travel Behaviour Changes and the Analysis of the Impact: A Case Study of Car Sharing in Australia

By Catharina Nawangpalupi and Oya Demirbilek.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Similar to other regions in the world, car sharing has been increasingly chosen by urban dwellers in Australia as their alternative means of travel. Car sharing is a system where an organization allows its members to use its fleet of cars for few hours or a day, without the hassles of ownership, such as maintenance, insurance, parking and registration procedures. With the cars parked in neighbourhood locations car sharing is usually accessible within walking distance. Among the many reasons for being a car sharing member are convenience, practicality, simple lifestyle, and environmental concerns. This paper identifies the drivers and the barriers to adopting a car sharing option and examines the degree of sustainable consumption practiced by the members. It then analyses how car sharing influences travel behaviour. The findings from a survey and interviews with car sharing members show that members are likely to have more sustainable travel behaviour by having more passengers, less travel mileage and by opting for more frequent walks and bicycle or public transport rides.

Keywords: Car Sharing, Sustainable Consumption, Travel Behaviour

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 984.182KB).

Catharina Nawangpalupi

PhD candidate, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

(BEng., ITB, Indonesia; MEng.Sc., UNSW, Australia; MTD, TU Delft, the Netherlands). Currently PhD candidate and casual lecturer in Faculty of the Built Environment at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Previously joined Parahyangan University as an associate lecturer in Industrial Engineering Dept. In 1997 and was a lecturer in 2004, after completing her Master’s degrees. Areas of special interest include: sustainable product development, product and service systems, design methodology, system theory and consumer behaviour.

Dr. Oya Demirbilek

Program Head, Industrial Design Program, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

(BID and MSc Blg Sc METU; PhD Bilkent; PhD Marmara University, Grad. Cert. in UL&T UNSW). Oya's professional experience includes appointments as instructor in product design, Art Center College of Design (Europe); free lance designer for ceramic products, Hardegger Handels, Bern/Switzerland; Research Assistant, Lecturer, and Assistant Professor in Industrial Design, at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara - Turkey; Adjunct Lecturer, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design, Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW. Her current research interests include universal design, participatory and collaborative design, design for aging populations, and emotional responses to products and systems.

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