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Experiment will pay people to leave their cars and live car-free for four weeks

An experiment in which people are paid not to use their cars in Bristol for four weeks is looking for volunteers.

The project invites you to register and participate, with the organizers pledging to cover all costs – including taxi and Uber bills, e-scooter rental – for any trip outside the city by private car , Car club rental and bus fares.

Participants will also receive an entry fee if they promise to keep a log of every trip, how it was made and whether or not it would have been by car.

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The project is organized by the climate protection charity Possible, which challenges people who would normally drive regularly in Bristol to see if it is possible not to use their car at all between January 10th and February 6th.

The participants in the experiment are asked to live “car-free” for three weeks.

“You will receive an entry fee and all non-car travel expenses, including bike rentals, car club and e-scooter credits,” said Bristol’s Possible Coordinator Rob Bryher. “We are particularly interested in hearing from people of color, the disabled, carers and parents of preschool or school-age children,” he added.

Mr Bryher said the experiment is to see if it is possible – and to what extent it is possible – to get around Bristol as usual, but not in your own private car.

He said many people need their cars, but many can do without them. The experiment was about seeing the kind of trips that are difficult for people without their own car to make, which will better affect future public transport policy planning.

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Every time someone taking part in the experiment takes a trip, does not use their own car and costs are incurred – be it the e-scooter rental or an Uber fee – these are paid by the Possible Foundation.

“We at Possible want to see a zero-carbon society built by and for everyone, and we want to achieve that quickly,” said a spokesman. “Our Car Free Bristol campaign brings to life a positive argument for fewer cars on the streets of our city.

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“We work with communities currently affected by traffic and air pollution to help shape changes to local roads, to give cars space and to give them back to people and nature.

“We know that there are many people, including people with disabilities, who cannot get anywhere without a car. Our goal of having fewer cars on the road means more space for those who have to drive – and a better Bristol for everyone.

“At the same time, we will encourage and inspire local decision-makers to increase their ambitions and accelerate change at the city level,” he added.

“There is every possibility that participants will have to use their cars – we don’t take cars away from people or deny them access,” said Bryher. “It will be interesting to see how easy or difficult it is for different types of people,” he added.

To inquire about participation, email Mr Bryher at before December 12th.

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