Dégage is a civic organization that offers private cost-sharing car and bike sharing in Flanders and Brussels. All members receive the entire car and bike fleet at their disposal at a fixed mileage allowance. In return, Dégage reimburses the owners for the actual costs incurred. As a provider Dégage arranges the sharing of these cars and relieves the owner of the burden. As a civic organization, the organization is strongly committed to local operation. More than 280 cars from private individuals are shared among 2800 users.
With this sharing system, we strive for more conscious car use and sustainable mobility. Each shared car makes other cars superfluous. Those who do not have a car parked outside their front door are less likely to use one and are more likely to opt for a bicycle or public transport for short trips. Dégage therefore literally means 'out of the way'.
Next to our offer of shared cars, we also wanted to set up a private, neighborhood-oriented and cost-sharing bicycle sharing system, with attention for special bikes (folding bike, cargo bike, bike trailer, tandem ....). Because it goes without saying: sharing a bicycle also leads to less car travel.
After the launch, the trial period and the evaluation, we can say with a positive feeling that the project was a success and that we will certainly continue it.
The bike-sharing system will continue beyond this project. The offer is fully integrated in the operation of Dégage, as in the information sessions and the communication via neighborhood aerials.
It is important to continue to intensify the use of shared bicycles. This is necessary to realize the cost-sharing principle of Dégage. With 4 to 8 loans per bike per month, we can cover the costs for owners.
In addition, enthusiastic members of Dégage will be rolling out the system in other Flemish cities in 2020. Important in this are bicycle owners who are keen on the sharing economy and a local offer, on a neighbourhood level, of special bikes for members.