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Peg City Car Co-op announced the addition of an eight-passenger van to be located on the site of Old Grace Housing Co-op in Wolseley thanks to a unique partnership between the co-ops and the City of Winnipeg.
Peg City is Winnipeg’s only car-sharing program that provides an affordable service allowing people access to a vehicle when they need it. This is the third vehicle placed at the housing co-op.
I was honoured to take part in the grand opening of the Old Grace Housing Co-op on June 14. Located on the site of the original Grace Hospital at Preston Avenue and Arlington Street, it provides affordable and multi-generational housing for our community.
Peg City and Old Grace applied together for a City of Winnipeg community incentive grant to purchase the vehicle. Working along with community I was able to champion this application and convince my colleagues on council to support this initiative. A grant of $17,000 was unanimously approved by city council on May 16.
I am happy that we are able to work together to improve an important service supporting families in the Wolseley area. Many residents don’t have a vehicle and either bike, use City transit, or car-share. The van will help provide transportation for larger families or those wanting to make a bigger purchase.
"With our eight-year anniversary this month there is no better way to celebrate than with a new addition to our fleet," said Phil Mikulec, operations manager for Peg City Car Co-op. "We’re incredibly grateful to have been able to work with Old Grace Housing Co-op and Coun. Gilroy to bring a new car-sharing option to Wolseley."
"Although many residents of Old Grace are also members of Peg City Car Co-op, it’s the residents of the local Wolseley community who form the majority of users. The two cars have been in constant demand since they arrived," said Laura Sevenhuysen, president of Old Grace Housing Co-op.
As chair of the standing committee on water and waste, riverbank management and the environment, I know how important it is that we take the opportunity to ease the impacts of climate change by promoting the use of energy-efficient vehicles and lowering our greenhouse gases.
This is a great example of how innovative partnerships can let us work together to improve our community.
Daniel McIntyre city council ward report
Cindy Gilroy is the city councillor for Daniel McIntyre.
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