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November 30, 2010

Don't be dramatic. Car-sharing isn't so bad.

I don’t know about where you are, but where I am, it’s officially winter.

That means snow and ice are making city cycling even more dangerous than before. Some of my friends talk about snow bike tires and learning to come out of a slide, but I’m a little too much of a wimp for all of that.

Instead of biking in the snow, I think I’ll start using my local car-sharing organization (CSO).

A few months ago, I joined eGo Carshare, which serves Denver and Boulder. I signed up for their monthly-fee-free “Peace of Mind” plan, through which I can rent a car for $4.50 -$6.50 an hour—depending on the model—plus $.30 per mile. Gas, insurance, and maintenance are all covered. To use the service, I just reserve a car online, go to one of the pick-up locations, use my keyfob to open the car, and drive away.

The first time doing something is always a little intimidating, but I think I’m going to try it out soon.

I really love the car-sharing concept. It’s a way to make car-free-living a little more comfortable without surrendering to owning—and insuring and maintaining and fretting over—your own vehicle. The fee is low enough to make it a viable option—say when it’s five below and snowing—but high enough to keep you from driving every day.

In this way, car-share programs seem to more accurately represent the true cost of driving.

CSOs are gaining popularity. Here are links to a few:

And there are a bunch more too!

The only thing I don’t understand is CSOs’ inclination to mash words together into little messes of hyphens and unorthodox capital letters. Do snappy, space-less names make people want to share more?

Seriously though, I think car-sharing is a viable and immediate solution to our car-driving illness.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Melanie Evans permalink
    December 2, 2010 12:23 am

    Hi Amy – Here’s an Oprah article I saw that made me think of you. Happy December!!

    Love, Melanie

  2. Amie Wilson permalink
    January 19, 2011 11:28 am

    I joined eGo Carshare last year after giving up my car and using my bike as my main mode of transport. I can’t say better things about the service! The cars are nice, easy to reserve and care free to drive! I hope you enjoy your experience! 😉

  3. avaerewyck permalink
    January 21, 2011 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the link, Melanie. Glad Oprah’s getting on the biking bandwagon. When she tells people to do something, they do it!

    So nice to hear from you, Amie, and congrats on your decision to go car-free! I’m happy that eGO is working out for you. Are you in Boulder or Denver?


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