Nanaimo: Nanaimo’s non-profit carshare co-operative is attracting increasing interest from others in the community.
Nanaimo Nissan donated the labour and Nisson Canada the parts to rebuild the air conditioning on one of the co-op’s vehicles. Then the non-profit Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island kicked off the fundraising for a high-quality hitch and bike rack for another vehicle as well as funding for other projects, and the Hub City Cycles co-op gave a discount and helped to install the bike rack.“We are extremely pleased with these gifts,” said fundraising Director Barbara Johnston. “It goes to show that they acknowledge the co-op’s growing contribution to sustainable transportation in our community.”
Carsharing is a community version of the family car: the drivers share the vehicles for their own use, sharing the costs, and thus saving money over owning one’s own vehicle. It is popular amongst those who need the occasional second car, a primary vehicle for those who normally get around by cycling, walking, car-pooling and/or by bus, and as fleet vehicles for businesses. Transportation costs are lowered and members typically enjoy superior health. And now one of the vehicles can be used by cycling enthusiasts. “As a frequent cyclist I really appreciate being able to safely take my bicycle to a destination,” said member Ian Gartshore. While the co-op currently has two vehicles parked downtown (Port Place mall and the Prideaux bus loop) it has ambitious plans to expand as it works with the City, developers, the RDN transit,employers and others to provide access throughout the city.