FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The vehicles at City Hall and throughout City CarShare’s network of 40 Bay area locations will be available to both City employees and Bay area citizens. City CarShare offers cars for $2-$4/hr and 44 cents/mile including gas and insurance. City CarShare currently has over 3500 active members and 70 cars at 40 locations in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. By the end of 2005 the number of locations is expected to increase by more than 25% to approximately 50 locations.
“Everyday more and more Bay area residents discover that car-sharing is a cheaper, greener way to drive,” said Larry Magid, City CarShare’s executive director. “With the help of Mayor Newsom and the Board of Supervisors, City CarShare will be dramatically expanding our service to nearly 50 Bay area locations by the end of 2005. We are working together to reduce pollution, traffic and parking problems in the Bay area, while providing low-cost access to cars, trucks and hybrids.”
Over the next 12 months, City CarShare plans to add new locations or additional cars in many areas of San Francisco, including: the Castro, Civic Center, Polk Gulch/Russian Hill, the Financial District, the Mission, the Lower Haight, the Upper Haight, SOMA and the Inner Sunset. City CarShare also plans to expand in the East Bay, including new locations in downtown Berkeley, north Berkeley and Oakland.
A recent UC Berkeley study showed that each day, City CarShare saves 13,000 miles of vehicle travel on Bay area roads, 720 gallons of gasoline, and 20,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Since then, City CarShare has doubled the size of its membership. The same study showed that approximately 60% of City CarShare members who own cars when they join the service, end up selling them. Approximately two-thirds of all members said they have forgone the purchase of a car because of their membership in City CarShare.