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Boston has right idea in expanding car-sharing services

Complaints about expanding car-sharing services in Boston miss the point (“Another hit on precious parking,” Page A1, Jan. 31). The only way to reduce parking demand in popular locations is to find ways that drivers don’t need to use their own car, such as improving transit, making it easy to walk and bike, and expanding car-sharing services.

Many people find cars inconvenient to own, but they’re reluctant to give them up because they fear giving up their independence in the process. Greater access to car-sharing would allow more people to take this step.

The city has it right — investing two-tenths of 1 percent of the city’s parking spaces, or about 200 spots, where car-sharing vehicles could park when not in use would free up room for people who have to drive their own cars.

Steve Miller

The writer is a member of the board of directors of the LivableStreets Alliance.