(May 2006) Pelosi To Accept Award at City CarShare's Fifth Birthday Party

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Pelosi To Accept Award at City CarShare's Fifth Birthday Party 
City of Berkeley & Matt Nichols Honored
San Francisco (May 31, 2006) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be honored June 1 as City CarShare's "Partner of the Year" at the organization's fifth Birthday Party. The event will highlight the continuing efforts of both Congresswoman Pelosi and City CarShare, a Bay Area nonprofit, to reduce consumption of gasoline. 

"City CarShare offers a practical way for people to reduce their consumption of gas, avoid rising gas prices, and still have access to cars when they need them," Pelosi said. "I'm proud to be a long-time supporter of City CarShare and I applaud their members for saving more than 1 million gallons of gas over the last five years." 

City CarShare will also be honoring Principal Transportation Planner Matt Nichols & the City of Berkeley as "Innovators of the Year" for their pioneering work on city fleet replacement with City CarShare. 

"The City of Berkeley has saved money, increased our efficiency, reduced parking demands downtown by replacing part of its fleet with City CarShare's shared fleet," said Matt Nichols, Principal Transportation Planner for the City of Berkeley. "We're also reducing the environmental impact of our employees driving and providing Berkeley residents with an inexpensive and environmentally sound alternative to car ownership." 

Since it was founded in 2001, City CarShare has grown to over 5,000 members who have access to a fleet of 130 vehicles at over 70 Bay Area locations. New cars and locations are added monthly as part of City CarShare's ongoing program of providing Bay Area residents with convenient neighborhood locations where they can choose from different vehicle types, including hybrids, trucks and wagons. City CarShare offers its low-cost service as an alternative to car ownership. 

"We are very pleased to name House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as our 'Partner of the Year' for her longtime support of City CarShare and her tireless work to support City CarShare at the federal level. Her support of City CarShare helps us bring the benefits of car-sharing - cleaner air, less traffic and reduced use of gasoline - to everyone in the Bay Area," said Rick Hutchinson, CEO of City CarShare. "We are also very pleased to name Matt Nichols & the City of Berkeley as 'Innovators of the Year' for taking the ground-breaking step of replacing part of their City fleet with a shared fleet that is available to local residents when not in use by the City." 

City CarShare's Birthday Party will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2006, from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM at boca: The Bar of Contemporary Art on 414 Jessie Street (between 5th and Mint, near the Powell Street BART station). Tickets may be purchased at the door for $30 ($15 for City CarShare Members) 

About City CarShare
Launched in 2001, City CarShare is the largest nonprofit car-sharing organization in the U.S., serving over 5,000 active members with over 130 vehicles in more than 70 locations throughout the Bay Area for $4/hour and 44c/mile. Prices include gas, insurance, parking, cleaning, and maintenance. Last-minute or advance reservations can be made online or by phone for any length of time from half-an-hour to half-a-day or more. Members can immediately access their vehicle at their neighborhood location without further paperwork or delay. 

A cheaper, greener way to drive, City CarShare offers a choice of compacts, pickup trucks, hybrids, and MINIs to its individual and business members. For more information or to become a member, visit citycarshare.org or call (415) 995-8588.