In July 2007, a group of five volunteers met to discuss the potential for establishing a carshare program in Winnipeg. Peg City Car Co-op officially launched with just three vehicles on June 24th, 2011. Since 2011, we have grown to 30 vehicles, and over 1000 members!
Peg City Car Co-op’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable and inclusive carsharing program. We aim to fulfill the demand for carsharing by providing a practical and appealing transportation solution.
Wait – What exactly is a co-op?
“A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”
That’s a fancy way of saying that our members help shape the way we do things.
Peg City Car Co-op members have a say in our governance and operations by voting at the Annual General Meeting, and also have the opportunity to participate by way of elections to the working volunteer board of directors, or by volunteering on one of many committees.
Carsharing allows you the use of a car when you need one, and eliminates the cost of hassle that come with ownership. Aside from the simple benefit of paying for a vehicle when you need one instead of when you don’t, carsharing benefits the environment and your community.
That’s why we see carsharing as a social and environmental choice that supports community transit and environmental goals, including:
- decreasing personal car ownership
- reducing vehicle distance travelled
- improving urban land use and development
- providing affordable access to vehicles
- motivating people to walk, cycle and use public transit
- decreasing dependance on fossil fuels
In Manitoba, transportation is the largest contributor to greenshouse gas (GHG) emissions and represents almost half of the personal emissions for households. Every car in our fleet represents 13-15 cars taken off the road. That’s over 300 cars!
Plus, car ownership is expensive. If the average car owner spends $8,000 per year on their vehicle, carsharing can potentially save an individual thousands of dollars.
Directors of Peg City Car Co-op are elected by members at the Annual General Meeting. Interested in getting involved? Contact us at (204) 793-3912 or [email protected].
- Sean Madden, President
- Dayna Kroeker, Vice President
- Liz Dykman, Secretary
- Aaron Russin, Treasurer
- Heather Sadowy, Member at Large
- Kelsey Evans, Member at Large
- Tamir Bourlas, Member at Large
- Mark Bauche, Member at Large
- Philip Mikulec, Operations Manager
- Robyn Slade, Member Services Coordinator