(San Francisco, CA) – City CarShare, a local nonprofit carsharing organization, has launched a new location in the Dogpatch neighborhood at the corner of 3rd and 22nd Streets. This new on-street space, along with the five other City CarShare locations in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch, will provide a big boost in transportation options to the neighborhood.
City CarShare collaborated with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to implement the City’s first on-street carsharing demonstration and research project, as part of a six-month pilot program. The pilot includes 11 on-street parking spaces, which are now launched throughout San Francisco.
“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 show what works, what doesn’t, and what is needed for 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.”
“I am very excited to be championing this effort with City CarShare to bring additional needed transportation resources to the Southeast neighborhoods. Residents currently have poor access to reliable public transportation options, and increasing access to carsharing will greatly expand mobility options for residents, local merchants, and visitors,” said Supervisor, Malia Cohen.
Neighborhoods that carshare are neighborhoods that thrive. Along with City CarShare’s 200 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.
Historically, City CarShare members save thousands of dollars each year – 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 retailers and restaurants or simply to pay the rent,” said Brent O’Brien, City CarShare Director of Member Experience.
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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About City CarShare
City CarShare (CCS) is a Bay Area nonprofit that provides convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage. CCS aims to remove 20,000 cars from the road by 2020, run half their fleet on electric or alternative fuel by 2015, and save the Bay Area $1 billion over the costs of owning a car by 2020. With a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our cities, City CarShare continually strives to make their service so convenient, so reliable, and so affordable that people will prefer using a CCS car to owning their own. In doing so, CCS members are reducing traffic, parking problems, and dependence on oil–while promoting cleaner air, quieter streets, and more open space. For more information visit www.citycarshare.org.