While carpooling has proven its worth over long distances, its short-trip offering still struggled to attract people … Amid shortages of gasoline, rising fuel prices and falling purchasing power, the platform players urban carpooling (Citygoo, OuiHop ‘…) offer cheaper, less polluting and more popular solutions.
A trend that is confirmed by every player in the carpooling sector: BlaBlaCarlong-distance travel specialist, said it had seen a 50% increase in the past 12 months.
Citygo, a startup that is positioned on daily travel in the peri-urban areas of large cities, has seen the number of users double in a week during the Total employee strike, which has paralyzed motorists for several days. In general, the French have become accustomed to sharing fuel costs, strongly encouraged to do so by the government, either through bonuses or incentive policies. The ideal solution in the face of skyrocketing fuel prices at the pump or during shortages.
The feedback from regular users of urban carpooling is unequivocal: these applications not only facilitate their travels, but also promote the creation of synergies and new friendships, allowing the inhabitants of neighboring countries, sharing similar daily lives, to discover each other. “It is really a great way to meet nice people who live close to home: I met Alejandro during a trip, an Argentinian. I am Moroccan and we quickly got to talk about gastronomy. Since then, we meet again to taste the traditional dishes of our countries.Shares Ryan, a user of Citygo.
These applications also allow suburban residents to get to work more relaxed and at a lower cost, to meet their friends in the evening without worrying about the time of the last train, or even to go to the stadium to see a game when the station in question it is not served by public transport. Today, 70% of Citygo’s two million users use the application for their daily commute, thus offering freedom of movement and a breath of financial freshness.
With its system to connect pedestrians with motorists by retrieving data from Waze you hate Google Mapsthe application for urban hitchhiking (called dynamic or real-time carpooling)Yes Hop ‘ digitize the spontaneity of drivers and users who make the same journey: they pay 2 euros per month. While my drivers accumulate virtual currency to exchange for gas vouchers or partner gifts.
Carpooling, therefore, certainly responds to contemporary environmental challenges, but above all it represents an escape route for a large part of the population, who no longer want to deprive themselves of visits to the museum or a dinner with friends for logistical reasons. Recall that the main mode of travel to get to work remains the car for 70.2% * of employed workers.
*Discover the 2020 data