Thursday, July 2, 2009

Let's clean up the Wikipedia entry on 'carsharing '

Carsharing: the last nail in the coffin of old mobility

This is to invite you to check out the Wikipedia entry on "carsharing" -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carsharing -- and if your time permits to make use of your knowledge and experience to improve the (only fair) presentation as it presently stands.

It is important to have a first rate treatment on this high visibility, since for better or worse the Wikipedia often functions as a de facto first point of reference for any new concept in the field of sustainable transport and new mobility, whether by the media, researchers, policy wonks, or others looking for orientation and references on these important topics. So it is important to get them right.

In point of fact we took an original initiative back in 2005 to bring this particular entry on line , together with a number of our colleagues involved in the World Carshare Consortium; however as these things go the actual text has been gradually amended and not always for the better. So please accept this as a cordial invitation to log into the Wikipedia entry and improve it, both in terms of its information content and language.

If you are not comfortable in editing yourself, you are invited to send on your suggested changes here, and we can then have a careful look and enter them along with other incoming suggestions in the closing days of July, Carshare month on World Streets..

If you have other colleagues or know other groups with expertise in this field, it would be appreciated if you would let them know about this collaborative exercise so that they can join in as they feel it to be useful.

And yes, let us all give some thought to doing a bit of carsharing ourselves. At least give it a try. As we like to say: 'Carsharing is the last nail in the coffin of old mobility'.

The editor

PS. For the record, you have a good source of background on the topic at the World Carshare Consortium and its extensions, which brings together more than 450 carshare operators, researchers, suppliers and others taking leading roles in the field in more than thirty countries on all continents. Check it out, including the more than three thousand messages and notices that are on file there (and searchable for reference).

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