Carshare members in Wolseley have access to an eight-passenger van, thanks to a little co-operation.
Peg City Car Co-op, the only carshare in Winnipeg, announced in a media release that the van will be stationed at the Old Grace Housing Co-op, which opened on June 14 at the site of the original Grace Hospital at Preston Avenue and Arlington Street. The van is the third vehicle placed at the housing co-op.
To get the money needed, Philip Mikulec, the car co-op's operations manager, said in an interview Tuesday that they teamed up with the housing co-op to apply for the Community Incentives Grant Program. Mikulec added that area Counc. Cindy Gilroy played a significant role.
"Without her championing this, it wouldn't have happened," he said.
Gilroy noted in an interview that many Wolseley residents don't have a personal car, and either bike, use transit or carshare. "But there was no van for larger families, or if you needed something with more room to make a bigger purchase," Gilroy said.
Each city councillor has funds available that can be put towards charitable causes of their choice, if approved by council. Gilroy dipped into those funds to create the grant, but initially, the other councillors did not think the carshare met the criteria for a grant.
But after a little convincing, Gilroy said "people realized that each community has different needs."
The grant was approved unanimously by city council on May 16. According to Mikulec, it was a sum of about $17,000.
Peg City officially launched in 2011 with three vehicles. With the new van, Peg City now has 37 vehicles in the fleet, and Mikulec said they'll have 40 in a few weeks. They expect to have 50 by summer 2020.
Carsharing lets registered members use a vehicle when needed, and are charged either by kilometre or per hour. Peg City vehlicles have designated parking spots throughout the city.