An official experience of participative hitch-hiking (France)

By Raf Canters / Updated: 23 Sep 2014
The Creuse Département in France launched participative hitch-hiking on an experimental basis in January 2012.
Faced with the ecological impacts of private transport, the foreseeable increase in fuel price and the difficulty of offering efficient public transport in rural areas, a group of residents from Creuse joined together to propose an alternative and self-managed transport. The participative hitch-hiking principle is simple: hitch-hikers place themselves at the “hitch-hiking stops” with an orange kit (available free from nearby town hall partners). They locate participating drivers by an orange macaroon stuck on the back of the car's right side mirror. With a financial contribution of €0.05/km they are transported to their destination.

The first two stops of the operation were inaugurated one year after the first conciliation meeting. At least 768 kilometres of roads will be covered. The action is part of a process led by Moissac (“Lets car-share on the thumb”). Participative hitch-hiking is inexpensive, fast, flexible, and allows adaptability and duplication in all territories. Another strong point is that the action develops user-friendliness, solidarity and social connections.

More information and picture source: (in French).
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