Car-sharing, ride-sharing, bike-sharing and scooter-sharing are amongst the main services that fall within the sharing mobility, which is a component of the broader phenomenon of the sharing economy.
Even though the innovation in this field has generated several benefits, there's a long way to go before we'll be able to have a complete and clear picture of the real environmental impact of sharing mobility.
Have you ever got an Uber when you could have walked, just because a car was a minute away?
I've read an interesting article called: "Is the sharing mobility an environmentally friendly mobility approach? Some considerations based on an empirical analysis" written by Erica Mazzola, Umberto La Commare and Giuseppe Ingrao.
It underlines that on one hand sharing mobility allows a reduction of CO2 emissions thanks to the lower production of cars and the reduction of kilometers travelled by car. On the other hand, having such easy access to car sharing services, could lead people that were used to walk kilometers or to use more sustainable means of transport to choose the more convenient, but less eco-friendly solution.
Also, the effect of sharing mobility on environmental sustainability is still to be fully understood. Especially if we consider that sharing mobility generates new and different behaviours. Therefore, researchers haven't been able to determine the real impact of sharing mobility services on the planet.
Furthermore, the article previously mentioned also highlights that sharing mobility is composed of different models and the effects of each model on the environmental impact have yet to be fully analysed.
Long story short, the most eco-friendly means of transport you can use are you feet - or the push bike you have in the garage.
Let me know what do you think about this, have you ever used these means of transport?