Record #: SO2017-8622   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 12/13/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Economic, Capital and Technology Development; Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
Final action: 3/28/2018
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Titles 2 and 9 regarding Free-Floating Vehicle Provider Pilot Program
Sponsors: Moreno, Proco Joe
Topic: CITY DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES - Finance, MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 102 Dept. of Transportation, MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 9 - Vehicles, Traffic & Rail Transportation - Ch. 68 Restricted Parking-Permits & Regulations, MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 9 - Vehicles, Traffic & Rail Transportation - Ch. 103 Free-Floating Vehicle Provider Pilot Program
Attachments: 1. SO2017-8622.pdf, 2. O2017-8622.pdf


SECTION 1. The below recitals ("Recitals") are adopted and incorporated as part of this ordinance.

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago wishes to make available to its residents a broad range of transportation options; and
WHEREAS, Reducing the number of vehicles on the road reduces congestion, consumption of natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, and wasted productivity; and

WHEREAS, Companies offering a membership program that enables customers to access vehicles at curbsides, a system referred to as free-floating vehicles, operate in many cities in the United States and have been operating in the rest of the world since 2008; and
WHEREAS, Studies have indicated that using free-floating vehicles is cheaper than owning a car; and

WHEREAS, A University of California-Berkeley study of free-floating vehicle provider Car2Go revealed that the service allowed many customers to sell their personal vehicle or allowed them to avoid purchasing a vehicle, resulting in a decrease of between 7 and 11 private vehicles for every free-floating vehicle introduced; and

WHEREAS, The Seattle Department of Transportation found that 14% of Car2Go members gave up a private vehicle in 2015; and
WHEREAS, In a study of five North American cities, free-floating vehicles resulted in 146 million fewer vehicle miles travelled, saving 39,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions; and

WHEREAS, A pilot program is a good way to test the potential success of free-floating vehicles in reducing traffic congestion, consumption of natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, car ownership, and parking shortages; now, therefore, a free-floating vehicle provider pilot program is created.

SECTION 2. The Commissioner of Transportation, taking into account the Recitals, is authorized to authorize by contract execution, permit, or otherwise, one free-floating vehicle provider to implement the Free-F...

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