When I moved to Vancouver five years ago, I gave up my car. Not having a car is pretty easy there – the weather is mild, the transit coverage is thorough, and the cost of paying to park makes you avoid driving downtown at all costs (not to mention the mess of bridges for anyone commuting into the city). Before I moved here, I vowed I would live in Winnipeg for a year before I decided whether I needed a car again. It hasn’t even been a month yet, and my resolve is already wavering.
You see, my car-less life had had a big helper: car sharing. Vancouver has both a car co-op and Zipcar (which I was a member of). Having an occasional car was a huge help for running errands, the occasional big grocery trip, or when people were visiting. In a new city, driving around is also a great way to orientate yourself – all I’ve managed to learn about Winnipeg so far is that Cityplace is kinda that-a-way, and not to try to find the Legislative Building again without a map.
Maybe this is the Vancouver Island hippie in me talking, but I’d love to avoid car-ownership, but at the same time not become a ride-sucking-vampire to all my friends. Because of all this, I was pretty psyched to hear there is a car-sharing feasibility study happening right now to figure out whether a car-sharing program in Winnipeg – the largest Canadian city without one – would work. Granted, a study doesn’t guarantee a program, but it’s hopeful!
If you’re interested at all in car-sharing, come out to one of the two upcoming information meetings to show your support!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
7:00-9:00 p.m., River Osborne Community Centre (101 Pembina Hwy) – map
Thursday, February 26, 2009
7:00-9:00 p.m., Millennium Library, Buchwald Room – map
Pick a day that works for you, and RSVP by Feb. 24 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also hit up the Winnipeg Car Sharing Feasibility Study website and take their survey to show your support, as well as find out more information.