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Groups exploring carsharing concept for neighbourhood

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Carsharing may soon be motoring into the West End.


The Daniel McIntre/St. Matthews Community Association is partnering with Peg City Car Co-Op to study the feasibility of bringing the increasingly popular concept across the bridge from Osborne Village.


"For people who live in our neighbourhood, we have good access to transit and are close to downtown," said Robyn Webb, DMSMCA’s greening and environment co-ordinator.


"A lot of people do walk to work or take the bus, and only really need the occasional use of a car."


Car-sharing is designed to give members who regularly bus, cycle or walk occasional use of a vehicle without the high fixed costs of ownership. The concept is thriving across the country in high-density urban centres such as Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton and Waterloo.


The DMSMCA first looked into the concept about three years ago, as part of its five-year neighbourhood green plan, Webb said.


Consultations for that plan found many in the community were paying for cars that we’re being underused.


According to CAA, average annual ownership costs for a small sedan like a Honda Civic is about $7,500 per year.


That’s a lot of money in a community with a large number of low-income families, which the DMSMCA hopes to target with the program.


"Low income families can save a lot of money sharing a car and using it less frequently," Webb said.


Some community non-profit organizations, including the West Central Women’s Resource Centre, have also expressed interest in the program, Webb added.


The program likely wouldn’t begin until late this year or early next year, she said.


Launched in June 2011, Peg City Car Co-op has quickly grown to 92 members and recently added a third car to its fleet.


The organization is looking to build a healthy car-sharing network in and around downtown and the study pushes the group’s plan to grow into the West End and West Broadway.


"Any neighbourhood where it makes sense, we want at least one car there," said Aaron Russin, the co-op’s customer service co-ordinator who is working with the DMSMCA on the study.


In the next five years, the co-op would like to see its fleet number 12 cars and memberships hovering between 400 and 500, Russin said.


"That’s typically what we’ve seen in other cities, the level we can become profitable and self-sustaining," he said.


The two groups are continuing to solicit community feedback.


To complete the survey, visit www.pegcitycarcoop.ca/DMSMCAsurvey.


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