kimberley crofts


an information and communication designer living in London

English village names and car share schemes

The novelty of laughing at the names of English villages will never wear off I think. Today we hopped in our Commonwheels share car to take my parents, recently arrived from Australia, around the Cotswolds. This sign was one of the best of the day:


We have been part of a car sharing scheme and have really only used it three or four times since January, mainly for when our family has come over and we have wanted to see a bit of the English countryside. Our bicycles are more than sufficient for everyday life—including the weekly food shop—but having access to a car is sometimes a good thing.

If you are a car addict (or just need to use one every now and then) I highly recommend investigating car share schemes. The way it works is that you pay a small registration fee and then book a car online. The car sits at an agreed location in your community and each car share scheme member has a pass card that allows you to gain access to the car. The keys are in the glove compartment. All bills arrive online.

In the UK you have ones such as Commonwheels (that we use), National Car Share, Zip Car, Street Car.

There is also Liftshare, for those who would just like to share a ride with someone who is going their way.


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