FACTS FROM SWITZERLAND
Environmental protection is everyone’s problem. However, we also believe it is important to remain flexible and mobile on a day-to-day basis, which is why many believe it is not possible to do without their own car.
On average, a commuting car in daily workday traffic is occupied by 1.12 people. Most cars could carry 4 to 5 persons. If all conceivable transport purposes are included in this statistic, then there is an average occupancy rate of 1.6 persons pro vehicle.
Source: BFS / ARE, 2010
In Switzerland, the number of cars on the road has doubled since 1980. Statistically, that means that every second person in Switzerland has a car. The massive growth in the number of cars is noticeable. The great media interest demonstrates the importance of this social problem. Aggregated traffic prognoses compiled by the Federal Office for Spatial Development also show an imperative need for action.
Source: ARE, BFS, 2014
During the day, 21% of Swiss citizens are subject to traffic noise pollution at their residences. This noise pollution goes beyond the statutory limit values. 18% of Swiss citizens are disturbed by street noise during the night. By comparison, only 1% are affected by excessive railway or aircraft noise.
Source: Bundesamt für Umwelt (Federal Office for the Environment), Lärmdatenbank sonBase 2010 & 2006
In 2013, about 35% of the entire energy consumption in Switzerland (discharged final energy) was consumed by traffic. Therefore, traffic represented the largest energy consumption group, even ranking ahead of residential and industrial use. Traffic covers its energy requirements by up to 96% through the use of petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, aviation fuels).
Source: BFE – Overall energy statistics / BFS, Neuchâtel 2014
Vehicles powered by combustion engines emit the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and thus contribute to climate change. In 2012, the carbon emissions from traffic totalled 16.2 million tons (not including international air traffic). This amounted to about 37% of the carbon emissions in Switzerland.
Source: BAFU / BFS, Neuchâtel 2014
A high level of traffic in populated areas, limited motorway capacities, and typical commuter times often lead to traffic jams. Because the traffic jam is the only thing occupying the minds of commuters while they are sitting in their car, these often lead to stress and unhappiness.
HitchHike offers a simple solution to creating carpools for similar routes in order to effectively and sustainably protect our resources and to reduce carbon emissions.
Fewer cars lead to a higher quality of life, since the burden of emissions is reduced. Bottlenecks on the roads can be alleviated and will lead to more comfort and safety in traffic.
A lower emission burden from daily traffic leads to less environmental pollution. The carbon emissions can be greatly reduced through the use of higher occupancy vehicles (= less vehicles). Eventually, the expansion of certain “bottleneck road sections” will become obsolete and landscaped areas can be retained.
Carpools support communication and the interaction between people. The first thing carpoolers have in common is the destination. And what’s more: often times, the people carpooling used to travel the same route. This method of meeting new people is both easy and valuable. Mutual journeys can be refreshing and often shorten the perceived driving time. Source: Techniker Krankenkasse, Hamburg 2012
Fuel cost savings begin to amortize when carpooling is performed on a regular basis, but carpooling even makes sense for one-time events, such as on a longer drive to a music festival or a trade show. Apart from the fuel expenses, parking fees can also be shared. The external costs (environmental and health impacts, infrastructure, etc.) that are born by third parties (often by society as a whole) are not to be underestimated.
Creating a carpool can be very cumbersome without any technical assistance. Many people are scared off by the organisational effort required. The HitchHike software assumes complex calculations and completes the cumbersome and intricate task within a few hundredths of a second. Ideal carpools are displayed on the routes of those looking for a ride.
The own interest groups as well as employees, residents, visitors or students benefit just as much from the use of an own personal platform for creating carpools as does the environment and society on the whole. Our customers enable people within their social or corporate framework to contribute and benefit in the simplest way possible.
WHAT IS HITCHHIKE’S TARGET GROUP?
Existing social structures and institutions such as companies, regions, major events and universities offer the best foundation for creating carpools. As a provider of HitchHike, they can achieve a wide variety of usages and goals, including making an important contribution to environmental protection.