(Oct. 2011) Access to Carsharing Just Got a Boost: City CarShare Launches Eleven On-Street Carsharing Locations in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—City CarShare, in collaboration with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), will implement the City’s first on-street carsharing demonstration and research project as part of a six-month pilot program. Eleven on-street parking spaces will be implemented, with the initial five spots available today.

The first five on-street spaces will be in Russian Hill, the Mission, Pacific Heights, and SOMA neighborhoods. An additional six on-street spaces will be implemented in November, including locations in the Bayview, Dogpatch, Glen Park, and Inner and Outer Sunset neighborhoods.

“We are pleased to be working with the City of San Francisco to implement the on-street carsharing pilot program. The pilot is designed to help us learn what works, what doesn’t and what is needed to expand on-street carsharing to serve the local community,” states Rick Hutchinson, CEO of City CarShare. “We know that when carsharing is more visible and easily accessible, neighborhoods benefit as congestion decreases and local residents and employees walk, cycle and take public transportation more often.”

Historically, City CarShare members have also saved a ton of money – up to $700 per month – over the cost of owning a car. “That’s money that can then be put back into our local economy through frequenting neighborhood merchants or simply to pay the rent,” said Brent O’Brien, City CarShare Director of Member Experience.

Neighborhoods that carshare are neighborhoods that thrive. Along with City CarShare’s 180 other neighborhood locations across the Bay Area, the new on-street spaces in San Francisco will support a reduction in parking demand and traffic congestion, and will make carsharing an attractive alternative to individual car ownership. Since each carshare vehicle serves many people, neighborhoods with City CarShare locations experience fewer cars searching for parking and fewer miles driven as people walk, bike and increase their use of public transit. This impact also benefits local businesses because there are more people walking by storefronts, more potential shoppers, and safer, more pedestrian-friendly streets.

City CarShare’s goal is to promote sustainable transportation and to provide integrated mobility solutions for communities. For this pilot study, City CarShare has reached out to neighborhood associations and merchant groups to announce the program and gather feedback. City CarShare will lead a research effort, combined with SFMTA’s analysis, that will inform future practices that promote cleaner air, quieter streets, and more open space for everyone.

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