Vilnius, Lithuania government leaders and local businesses have collaborated to create a mobility cluster – Vilnius Shared Mobility Hub – to promote sustainability and boost the city’s 10-year old car-sharing services.
A city of around 1.5 million shared trips annually and the largest density of shared vehicles in the region (800 shared cars for 1 million people), the Lithuanian capital expects the mobility cluster to increase the use of alternative transportation while freeing up vehicle parking space and reducing the noise and pollution.
The city is already a car-sharing leader in Europe, according to officials. Its car-sharing programs helped the city reduce its CO2 emissions by 2,200 tons in 2020. One shared car equals 12 personal vehicles, city officials point out.
“Vilnius Shared Mobility Hub will not only enhance the car-sharing system but also open new possibilities of how to reshape the city’s image. Less space for personal cars will be needed, therefore allowing to transform the streets, making them greener with new trees and shrubs, scaling down the traffic,” said the city’s mayor Remigijus Šimašius.