Re: Cohousing traffic studies and shared vehicles and ecars
From: Liz Ryan Cole (
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 04:50:19 -0700 (PDT)
Has anyone had experience with creating a site where people IN ADDITIION to 
residents can park and charge e vehicles?   What about a zip car site on coho 

Pinnacle Project in Lyme, NH

> On Aug 27, 2020, at 7:14 AM, R Philip Dowds via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> Katie —
> I was hoping my points about informal car and trip sharing were consonant 
> with your “disagree” about shopping errands.  Your most interesting point is 
> the possibility that cohousing satisfies many of our social engagement needs 
> that would otherwise be cross-connected into the larger community, and 
> generating car trips accordingly.
> But are we sure that’s a plus?  I guess any car trip negated is always a 
> plus.  But some of us at Cornerstone wonder, sometimes, if we are too 
> insular, too isolated from our broader North Cambridge neighborhood, and our 
> City affairs.  Should we speculate that the personal social networks of those 
> who live in cohousing are more introverted, or less diverse, than those 
> promoted by “regular” housing?  Intensive, rather than extensive?  Do we need 
> to get out more?  (An irrelevant question during the pandemic …)
> Thanks,
>> On Aug 26, 2020, at 4:20 PM, Kathryn McCamant <kmccamant [at] 
>>> wrote:
>> Philip said: 
>> Holding demography and location constant, I would not expect passenger 
>> vehicle usage to vary much from cohousing models to “regular” models.
>> -----------
>> I disagree. I think that cohousing in any location has much reduced trips 
>> for 1) taking kids to playdates, and 2) those quick trips to the grocery 
>> store. For example, I would always just work my way down the walkway to find 
>> an onion before I hopped in my car to go buy one.  And much more of our 
>> social life is "on site." 
>> I would be really great to get data comparing an existing cohousing 
>> community to other multi-family housing in a similar location. Because we 
>> don't have good data, we have to use the standard multi-family estimates for 
>> car trips. Senior communities get extra fewer car trips as a 
>> standard. 
>> Katie 
>> -- 
>> Kathryn McCamant, President
>> CoHousing Solutions
>> Nevada City, CA 95959
>> T.530.478.1970  C.916.798.4755
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