Carsharing is a model of car rental where people rent cars for short periods of time, often by the hour. They are attractive to customers who make only occasional use of a vehicle, as well as others who would like occasional access to a vehicle of a different type than they use day-to-day. The organization renting the cars may be a commercial business or the users may be organized as a democratically-controlled company, public agency, cooperative, ad hoc grouping. Today there are more than one thousand cities in the world where people can carshare.
NOLA Car Share will be a community Non-Profit organization Being non-profit allows us to focus on offering a valuable service to the residential and business community Positive effects include: Increase RTA ridership Reduce our oil dependency. Reduce traffic. Reduce parking congestion. Reduce carbon emissions.
Carsharing differs from traditional car rentals in the following ways:
Reservation, pickup, and return is all self-service
Each member has access to their vehicle via a card key. Sensors access information from the card and the car opens, instantly available to the customer
Reservations can be made by telephone, online or even from your cell phone
Carsharing is not limited by office hours Users are members that have been pre-approved to drive (background driving checks have been performed and a payment mechanism has been established) Vehicles can be rented by the hour, as well as by the day Insurance and fuel costs are included in the rates.
iPhone Booking Zipcar introduced the iPhone App for Ease in booking. Simply click the app icon and based on your location, available cars appear indicated by a green flag on a map. Pick the spot closest to you and (if available) book right where you are standing. Your phone allows you to “honk” the car’s horn to easily locate where it is parked and even unlock the doors. NOLA Car Share will make this feature available to all of its members.
Vehicle locations are distributed throughout the service area, often located for access by public transport, business districts and highly populated neighborhoods. Some are found in reserved street spots and others have a full area. Single reserved spots in Washington D.C. (left) and Portland, OR (right) Downtown Philly reserved parking Electric Car Share Charging Station in front of San Francisco’s City Hall
Car sharing reduces the need for a government-owned fleet of cars, thus saving the taxpayers thousands of dollars.
In April 2004, the City of Philadelphia itself opted in, becoming the first government worldwide to share cars with local residents in a major fleet reduction effort. The pioneering project helped replace 330 municipal vehicles, saving taxpayers $6 million (so far). Progressive Berkeley (CA), Portland (OR), and Minneapolis (MN) soon followed Philadelphia's lead. Source http://www.phillycarshare.org/
More and more people between the age of 25 and 35 are moving to New Orleans. It is a choice prompted by a change in lifestyle, not career. Many come from larger urban areas where car ownership was not a feasible option, but car sharing is available. Eco-conscious and ready to make a difference