(Nov. 2004) Mayor Newsom Opens City CarShare Location at City Hall City, CarShare Announces Major Expansion

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 Mayor Newsom Opens City CarShare Location at City Hall
City CarShare Announces Major Expansion
Ceremony To Be Held on Wednesday, November 10 at 11:15am
 
San Francisco (November 10, 2004) – Today Mayor Newsom will open a new City CarShare location directly in front of San Francisco City Hall. City CarShare will also announce plans for 10 new locations and over 20 new vehicles in the coming year – a major expansion of its Bay area car-sharing service. The Mayor will join officials from City CarShare, a local non-profit, for a short ceremony on Wednesday, November 10 at 11:15 am at City Hall. “I am very pleased to bring City CarShare right to the door of City Hall – and to the doors of thousands more San Franciscans by opening new car-sharing locations in the City,” said Mayor Newsom. “City CarShare’s service is a great example of something San Franciscans do well: using innovative technology to improve the environment and people’s lives. Car-sharing helps city employees, local businesses and individual citizens reduce the cost of driving and the impact it has on the environment and the city.”

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.

About City CarShare
Launched in 2001, City CarShare is the largest nonprofit car-sharing organization in the U.S., serving over 4,000 active members with over 90 vehicles in more than 45 locations throughout the Bay Area for $4/hour and 44¢/mile. Prices include gas, insurance, parking, cleaning, and maintenance. A cheaper, greener way to drive, City CarShare offers a choice of compacts, pickup trucks, hybrids, and stylish green VW Beetles to its individual and business members. For more information or to become a member, visit citycarshare.org or call (415) 995-8588.