Blanketing San Francisco With Cars
The five new locations are:
- 3rd and Howard @ the Moscone Convention Garage: this location will be the first location in City CarShare’s network to feature a convertible; it will open in October.
- Mission & Second (at 555 Mission Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets): now open with a roomy Toyota Scion xB wagon – and like all City CarShare location, this one offers free, reserved parking in an area of the City where parking is at a premium.
- Mission & 7th Street (at 1045 Mission Street near the Civic Center MUNI/BART station)
Another City CarShare location is now open. City CarShare expects cars at all of these new downtown locations will be used by Bay Area commuters, downtown employees, and students who use BART or MUNI to avoid bridge traffic and yet still have access to a car while in San Francisco.
West of downtown, City CarShare worked with community associations, area businesses, and local government agencies to add two new neighborhood locations – one near the University of San Francisco and another in the heart of Noe Valley. USF students, faculty and residents can now access one of City CarShare’s fleet vehicles at 1720 Fulton Street at Masonic while Noe Valley residents can pick up a roomy Toyota Scion xB wagon at 3865 24th Street between Sanchez and Vicksburg in the Noe Valley Ministry’s parking lot where the weekly Noe Valley Farmers’ Market takes place. City CarShare, a member of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professional Association, also has a location at the Walgreens lot on the corner of Castro and 24th Streets.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty helped facilitate the creative partnerships with the Noe Valley Ministry, the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market, and the Noe Valley Merchants that helped make City CarShare’s new location a reality. “It’s fantastic to see so many members of the community step forward to make this happen. City CarShare’s presence in Noe Valley furthers our continuing effort to free up parking in the neighborhood.”
City CarShare’s new locations and additional fleet cars are part of the non-profit organization’s ongoing program of providing Bay Area residents and workers with convenient locations where they can choose from different vehicle types, including hybrids, trucks and wagons. City CarShare has more than 4,000 Bay Area residents who rely on their low-cost access to cars.
A UC Berkeley study “San Francisco City CarShare: Travel Demand Trends and Second-Year Impacts” showed that City CarShare saves 13,000 miles of vehicle travel, 720 gallons of gasoline, and 20,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each day. In the past two years, City CarShare membership has doubled and has continued to grow as a result of the recent increases in gas prices.
“City CarShare is perfect for people who want to pick-up and go – whenever and wherever they need a car – without worrying about gas prices, finding a parking space or dealing with a mechanic,” said Rick Hutchinson City CarShare’s CEO. “Because insurance, gas and reserved parking are always included – not to mention cleaning and maintenance – City CarShare members prefer our service to owning a car.”
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.
City CarShare also has over 100 business members to date and is expanding its successful business service program, where small and large businesses alike are finding that car-sharing has proved cheaper and easier than owning and maintaining private company vehicles.