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Car Sharing lightens emissions and fattens the walletThe Calgary Alternative Transportation Cooperative (CATCO) operates a car sharing service in the Beltline that helps the environment and saves money.The program, operating since 1999, allows members access to vehicles owned by the cooperative. Each neighbourhood has a group of members, called a pod, that share a vehicle parked in their area. “The car’s just not as available as it would be if it were your own. The cost of having access to a vehicle is charged by the hour and by the kilometre, so you’re really mindful of every hour and every kilometre you drive,” says Cody Torgerson, director of CATCO.There are currently two CATCO cars in the Beltline, a Smart car in front of the Chocolate condo on 1st street and a Prius in the Mountain Equipment Co-Op parking lot.The Smart car is a partnership with Batistella Developments that allows condo residents to join the car share. However, the vehicle is still available to other CATCO members.“It’s most convenient for condo residents, but in fact we have members in all of our pods using those vehicles,” says Torgerson.“There could be more vehicles provided in partnership with Batistella in the near future, including the possibility of one down the street at their new condo, Colours”.Car sharing reduces the costs of having access to a car and still allows members a vehicle for trips that demand more than a bicycle or two feet.Torgerson thinks that once people move into an urban setting like the Beltline, they stop relying on their vehicles. This is when car sharing becomes an attractive option.“There’s a healthier living angle to it. There are also some who are trying to be environmental. But I think that for everybody, the cost savings are something that just can’t be ignored,” he says.Members tend to drive less due to the issue of access and the fact that money is charged based on use. This encourages walking and cycling while reducing car emissions.Fewer cars on the road also means less infrastructure needed to accommodate cars, including parking. With only 166 current members, however, that type of impact is still a long way off.
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CAR SHARING vs. owning Carsharing is similar to car ownership in some respects but also has some differences that are of benefit to you, including:
If you only need a vehicle once, twice or even three times a week, it may be worth looking into carsharing?
CAR SHARING vs. renting Carsharing is similar to car rental in some respects but also has some unique differences that are of benefit to you, including:
If you are using a rental car to run your errands on weekends, maybe it is time you looked at carsharing?