City of Vancouver saves money and reduces its footprint by carsharing with Modo
Hey, look at that: By partnering with the City of Vancouver to enable city staff to share vehicles for work-related trips, Modo is saving you – a.k.a. the taxpayer – money while reducing the region’s carbon footprint! Hi5s!
Below, the September 2012 Greenest City Enewsletter details the benefits of carsharing – at both the personal and the city level. (Sign up to receive news about how Vancouver is achieving its Greenest City By 2020 goals here.)
SHARE A CAR
People sharing cars means fewer cars on the road, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less stress on our green spaces, and less traffic in our city.
Car sharing provides all the benefits and freedom of owning a car minus the hassle. Without insurance and maintenance to worry about, sharing can cost less than owning. It also gives you access to hundreds of vehicles from hybrids to hatchbacks to pickup trucks, whatever suits your needs. To find out more or to sign-up, visit the Car2Go, Modo or the ZipCar websites.
Car sharing for organizations
In 2009, the City, in partnership with Modo, began a car share program with the goal of providing City staff access to many vehicles for business use, while reducing costs and its carbon footprint. Dozens of Modo’s vehicles, including two electric cars, are located near City worksites and are to be used by City staff and Modo members. Many vehicles are relocated to busy neighbourhoods to maximize their use on weekends.
Employees often travel to their off-site meetings and inspections by walking, transit, and cycling (manual and electric bikes), but for those who require a vehicle, this provides a more sustainable option. Since the program’s start, the City has been able to reduce our fleet by 30 vehicles, and because the City only pays for the time the vehicle is used, it has also saved money.