Winter Route Parking: Your Guide to Avoiding a Tow with FLO
Winter weather is marked by falling snow and the many trucks and plows needed to clear it. As the flurries fall, we’re here to guide you through the winter route parking and the residential parking bans that keep roads clear.
Residential parking bans add a layer of complexity to parking FLO cars in winter. The City of Winnipeg announces these bans to clear snow. The parking restrictions may not be marked with street signage. To park with confidence, we recommend downloading the Know Your Zone App from the City of Winnipeg.
Use the app to search an address for an upcoming ban. You can also enter your favourite addresses and receive alerts announcing residential parking bans.
Bans are announced through the Know Your Zone App. To park with confidence, be sure to check Know Your Zone before parking and ending any FLO booking. If there’s an upcoming or active parking ban, you must move the vehicle to a safe, on-street location with no parking ban. If a FLO car is parked on a street with a current or upcoming ban, you may be responsible for the associated ticket or tow.
Making bookings on our app just got a whole lot better! Grid search has arrived, and we’re here to walk you through how to use the booking grid. If you haven’t had a chance to download the Peg City Car Co-op App yet, you can find it in the App Store or Google Play Store.
Grid search lets you view the existing availability of your favourite car, truck, or van. This tool is your best friend when your day’s flexible and you’re searching for a few free hours to run errands.
Here’s your step-by-step guide.
How To Use the Booking Grid
After logging in, search for a round-trip vehicle. Select your ideal start and end time first, then click “Find vehicle.”
A grey pin indicates that a vehicle is unavailable for the requested time. To see when it becomes available, click on that pin. Next, tap “View other availability” to open the reservation grid.
The start and end times you’ve selected are outlined in blue. As you can see from the legend above, the solid green bar indicates the time you’ve requested and can reserve, the white with the green outline indicates the time that’s available (but not yet requested), and the grey points to other reservations during which the vehicle isn’t available to you.
To book the selected vehicle, adjust the start and end time of your booking to fit the availability. Tap the solid green bar. Next, click “Reserve.”
From here, you can also click the arrows above the grid (by Availability near…). This will show you the booking grid for vehicles nearby. Clicking farther right moves you farther from the original car you selected.
Finally, we want to note two key limitations when it comes to using the booking grid. First, if you’ve selected unique criteria (like a car seat, towing hitch, or an SUV), those criteria won’t stay selected when you search for more cars using the “Availability near…” arrows. Second, the booking grid only works for bookings up to 60 hours or two and a half days long.
Comparing FIX vs FLO Prices: Understand the Difference and Get the Best Rates!
FLO cars have been on the streets for a few weeks now, and we’ve been hearing a lot of positive feedback from members on the convenience and ease of using FLO.
As we head into the hottest and busiest time of the year for carsharing, we wanted to take a moment to break down the kinds of trips where FLO is best. It’s also helpful to compare FIX vs FLO prices across different kinds of trips so you can access the best rate no matter the trip.
Looking at the above rate chart, FLO prices appear more expensive than FIX ones, but depending on the trip, FLO can actually be the cheaper option. It’s also important to note that FIX price matching is included for FLO bookings on the Member Plus plan. More on that below.
FLO Prices for Quick Trips
FLO is the obvious choice for A to B trips inside the FLO Zone. FIX has a minimum booking time of an hour, but FLO trips have no minimum time requirement. If you only need to drive a few kilometres in fifteen minutes, a FLO trip would run you roughly five dollars, while a FIX trip would cost closer to ten (and you’d have to return the car to the same place you picked it up). If you frequently make quick trips, purchasing a FLO Pass will save you even more!
FIX vs FLO Prices for Long Trips
We can see from the trip calculator that FLO day trips are often cheaper than FIX ones. And on the Member Plus plan, FLO bookings are price-matched to FIX. That makes FLO an excellent fit for a weekend trip to Minneapolis or a day at the beach!
And as summer heats up and FIX cars book up, FLO cars can be an excellent option for spending a few days in Riding Mountain or at the cabin. While these bookings may cost you a few dollars more than a FIX trip, if you’re on the Member Plus plan, you’ll benefit from price-matching on these bookings. THat makes FLO a great alternative when you begin booking your weekend and can’t find a FIX!
Remember, you’re welcome to drive wherever you need during a FLO booking. All Peg City vehicles can be driven throughout Canada and the United States. You only need to pay attention to the FLO Zone and FLO Drop-Off Points when you begin or conclude your FLO booking.
A Few Final Reminders
When you make travel plans, please remember that all FLO cars are hatchbacks or hybrid sedans. While the back seats are easy to maneuver, and these cars can haul quite a lot, FIX is still there when you need a minivan, SUV, truck, or cargo van. FIX vehicles also have unique features like bike racks, car seats, and park passes!
Whether you book FIX or FLO, make sure you grab the vehicle keys from the key-card holder in the glove box. Even when the car’s a push start, those keys will allow you to lock and unlock the doors throughout your booking. It’s also essential to take the keys to avoid locking yourself out of the car and ending your trip accidentally. All Peg City vehicles have a safety mechanism that locks the doors when the keys are in the key-card holder, and the ignition is off for three minutes. This doesn’t happen when you’ve taken the keys from the glove box, so be sure to grab those keys!
Free-floating carsharing has arrived at Peg City! These hatchbacks and hybrid electric sedans are ready for you any time you need a car – and fast! FLO cars work differently from our existing round-trip or FIX vehicles. We’re here to show you how to FLO.
One of the most important things we want to highlight is that ending your booking with FLO differs slightly from FIX. With FIX, your booking ends at the time you set when you made a booking. But with FLO, you end your booking by parking in the FLO Zone, plugging the keys into the glove box holder, and using the app or Peg City fob to secure the car. This is why taking the vehicle keys from their spot in the glove box is extra important when using a FLO vehicle. Keep those keys with you until you’re ready to end your booking!
How To Book FLO
When you open the app, you’ll see the map view, including the FLO Zone, in light yellow. You’ll notice two tabs at the bottom – one for searching round-trip vehicles and one for one-way FLO trips. Select the FLO tab and click Find vehicle from there.
The map will populate with available FLO cars in bold yellow. The car’s exact location will be displayed when you click on an available FLO car. You’ll also notice a walking itinerary from your current location.
When you’ve found the car you want, click Block this FLO. You now have 30 minutes to travel to your car and begin driving.
If you notice a FLO car on the street and want to hop in, pull up the app to make sure it’s free, then block it out and unlock the car from there.
Please note that our FLO cars are all pet-free hatchbacks or sedans. If you need to take your kids and all their friends to the beach, haul your bike or a two-by-four, or take Fido to the vet, book FIX!
How To Use FLO
From the time you put a hold on a FLO car, you have thirty minutes to get to the vehicle.
Once there, use the app or Peg City fob to open the car and begin your booking. Again, it’s super important that you grab the vehicle keys from the holder in the glove box. Take these keys with you and use them to lock and unlock the doors in the course of your FLO booking.
With FLO, you can drive where you need for as little or as long as you need. FLO cars are great for quick A to B trips in the FLO Zone. Since these bookings don’t have a predetermined end time, they’re also perfect for those errand runs when you just can’t be sure how long you’ll need!
Whether you’re driving for just a few minutes or for days or even a week or two, you’re welcome to leave the FLO Zone and drive where you need to during your FLO booking.
When you’re ready to release a FLO car, park it on any public street within our designated FLO Zone or a Drop-Off Point, plug the keys back into their spot in the glove box holder, then use the Peg City App or fob to secure the car. You’ll be able to view the FLO Zone and Drop-Offs in the app, and we’ve got a complete FLO parking guide for you here.
One last time, when you fob out or use the app to secure a FLO car with the keys inserted in the glove box holder, you end your booking and free the car for the next member, so keep those keys with you until you’re ready to release the car!
Finally, we’re introducing our FLO Pass to save members money on quick trips.
You can purchase a FLO Pass through the app or desktop site. One pass is good for 20 FLO trips of thirty minutes or less. That adds up to ten hours and 1,000 kilometres of driving for as little as $45! If you wind up using the car longer, the pass covers the first 30 minutes and 50km of your FLO booking, but regular FLO rates apply after the 31st minute and 51st km.
Each FLO Pass is valid for 30 days, and you’re free to buy all you need. If you frequently find yourself needing a car for a quick trip, these savings are made just for you!
Anyone who applies for membership with Peg City Car Co-op must have a full driver’s licence. We check the driving history of all applicants to verify that they meet our eligibility criteria. If you have a Manitoban driver’s licence, we’ll request that history on your behalf. Drivers with licences from other provinces or territories can usually get their history online.
That said, we know that proving driving history can be difficult for drivers from other countries. (It can even be challenging for certain Canadian provinces/territories!) So effective March 1, 2023, we’ve developed an application process for any driver who cannot produce their history.
By signing this waiver, you confirm that you meet our eligibility criteria without having to show your history. In exchange, you must register as on the Member plan and pay the $500 Member Share. Members without a driver abstract are also not eligible for the Damage Pool and may be responsible for damages up to $1000. You can join the Damage Pool after a year of damage-free driving.
When you open the glove box in any Peg City vehicle, you’ll find a Shell fuel card installed inside. These cards can be activated in the app and used to pay at the pump at any gas station in Canada, providing our members with convenience and flexibility while keeping the cards secure.
Read on for a step-by-step guide showing you how to fuel a Peg City vehicle!
How to Fuel a Peg City Vehicle
The fuel card is in the key-card holder inside the glove box. It should work at any fuel retailer in Canada, so long as they have a pay-at-the-pump option. We ask that you have another form of payment along with you, just in case there’s an issue with the card and you need to pay out of pocket (more on how to get reimbursed later). Note that the Shell cards won’t work for in-store purchases.
Find the PIN
You’ll find the PIN for each card by opening our app, scrolling up on your current reservation banner, and then clicking the Fuel card button. From there, simply follow the terminal instructions to pay at the pump just as you would with any other credit card.
Please only fuel up using regular fuel, and note that the cards have a $100 limit.
And we’re off! Fill that tank!
Once the tank is full, you’re done. No need to save the receipt and no log book entry to complete. Just slide the card back into its slot in the key-card holder and get on your way!
Other Ways To Pay
If, for whatever reason, you can’t pay with the Shell fuel card, please pay out of pocket, take a photo of your receipt and submit it through the app (Trips>Past>Click on the trip>Upload receipt). Items like wiper fluid must be purchased out of pocket and reimbursed later. You can also email us a photo of the receipt if the app is not an option for you.
For proper reimbursement, the receipt must be clear, itemized, and show the date and time of the transaction. Our Member Services team will add the credit to your account from there.
Peg City Car Co-op’s Annual General Meeting for the 2021 fiscal year is happening Tuesday, May 31, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. We’ll be meeting in the Sound Bites Room at the Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main Street, and there will be an online stream for members who are interested but unable to attend in person.
While all Peg City Car Co-op users are welcome to join, only shareholding members can vote or join the board.
The RSVP list is now closed, however, if you would like to attend the AGM, please email us at [email protected].
Note: Those who are attending in person will need to wear a mask and bring their proof of vaccination.
Agenda for the FY2021 Annual General Meeting
May 31, 2022 at 6:00pm
1. Welcome and Introductions (Kelsey, President) 2. Approval of Minutes from FY2020 AGM 3. Review and Approval of Agenda (Kelsey, President) 4. Managing Director Report (Philip, Managing Director) 5. Review and Approval of Financial Statements and Audit (Riel, Treasurer) 6. Appointment of Auditor (Riel, Treasurer) 7. Vote on special resolutions (Kelsey, President) 8. By-law amendments 9. 2022-23 Board Nominations, Open from the Floor (Kelsey, President) 10. Election of the 2021-22 Board of Directors (Kelsey, President) 11. Other Business 12. Adjournment
Kelsey (she/her) currently serves as the Executive Director of Youth Employment Service Manitoba, supporting a diverse team of over 15 staff and practicum students working to provide free, inclusive employment services to young Manitobans. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Kelsey has 14 years of diversified non-profit social services and corporate management experience. She is a proud Winnipegger, enjoys biking around the city when the weather allows and lives in Wolseley with her partner and two pups.
Kelsey has spent the last year as President of the Peg City Car Co-op Board of Directors and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to support the organization for another term.
Tamir Bourlas is a Financial Account Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union. He is passionate about community and cooperative values and helping people work towards financial empowerment. He’s served on the Peg City Car Coop board for four years. In his spare time, Tamir enjoys playing squash and going for bike rides.
Ian Walker has been a Peg City Car Co-op board member for the past 2 years. He is active with the Human Resources and Governance committees. Ian is an elementary school teacher with 17 years of experience working with children from ages 5 to 10. He currently teaches grade 3 at Hampstead Community School in Elmwood. In his spare time, he runs a bike hub out of his classroom, where he teaches kids and adults in the community how to fix their bikes.
Ian is passionate about creating an environment where people of all ages and abilities can actively commute safely and comfortably. He has volunteered with Bike Winnipeg for the past decade and is currently chair of Bike Winnipeg’s advocacy committee. Ian has worked with grassroots activists at Safe Speeds Winnipeg to encourage the city to adopt a default 30 km/h residential speed limit.
Ian has two sons, Max (7) and Owen (10). Ian and his family love camping and spending time with their friends at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Ian’s partner Sarah has been an incredible support throughout his time as an advocate for sustainable transportation. Ian, Sarah, and their boys walk, ride bikes, and use transit to get around Winnipeg. Ian and Sarah own an electric car that they share with two other families (both of whom are also Peg City members). Ian and Sarah are regular users of Peg City Car Co-op when their car will not meet their needs or need more than one car.
Mark gave up car ownership back in 2003 and was happy to see carsharing arrive in Winnipeg in 2011. He became a member of Peg City Car Co-op shortly after and has served on the board since 2018. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Mark moved to Winnipeg in 1999 to study Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba. Mark is a landscape architect at HTFC Planning & Design, where he works on projects across the prairie and boreal regions.
Through his professional work, Mark strives to incorporate sustainable practices (like carsharing) into his projects and approaches design through a climate change adaptation lens. He is a proud cheerleader for Peg City, happily extolling the virtues of carsharing to those contemplating a move to a car-light lifestyle. In his second term on the Peg City Car Co-op Board of Directors, he has filled the role of Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee. Mark looks forward to continuing his work with Peg City Car Co-op in his third and final term with the board.
Non-Incumbent Nominated Board Members
Jim Hansford has lived in Manitoba for over fifty years both in Winnipeg and Brandon. Professionally he was an optician and later owned and operated a paint and wallpaper store. During this time he was active in many volunteer activities both as a board member and executive member.
Jim is a divorced father of three adult children and is semi-retired looking after his own and other people’s pets while they are away. He is currently living at Village Canadienne Co-op where he is actively participating in the co-op. This gives him an understanding of the separation of the duties and responsibilities between the board and management of a co-op.
On average, our members spend about $1,200 a year on carsharing.
All usage rates cover gas, insurance, parking and maintenance. We worry about winter tires and inevitable repairs or replacements.
Walk. Bike. Bus.
The majority of Peg City members use carsharing in place of owning a car. Living a car-free lifestyle often means walking, biking, and busing to limit vehicle use and save money.
As more people shift to active and alternate transportation methods, fewer cars are needed. This study found that carsharing can take 9 to 13 vehicles off the road for each carsharing vehicle in the fleet.
The right fit: memberships
We offer a variety of Membership options for individuals and businesses alike. Ensuring you have the right membership for your driving needs can make a big difference on your monthly invoice!
Pro tip: if you are a Member and you think you will make over 15 hrs in bookings throughout the month, you can save money by switching to Member+ to take advantage of our lowest hourly rates!
If you are a shareholding member, you can switch between the Member and Member Plus plans each month to ensure you are on the plan that fits your carsharing needs.
Our co-op members can access perks like the ambassador program, our Shop Local driving credit stamp cards, roaming agreements, and other perks to save money! Check out our partners and perks.
Free overnight hours
Shareholding members have access to free overnight hours between midnight and 7 am! Night owls and early birds alike, rejoice!
Read these five fast facts about the perks of becoming a shareholding member of Peg City Car Co-op!
Pay a few ways
Becoming a member of the co-op means simplifying your lifestyle. Members can book cars whenever they need them and receive a single monthly invoice.
Our Member plans offer flexible payment options, including credit card, etransfer, electronic bill payment (if you are a credit union member) and cheque.
Switch between plans
When you purchase a member share, you can switch between Member and Member Plus plans any month you choose. Take advantage of the right rates for you.
Each member can add up to four additional drivers to their account. This means you can share the driving with a spouse, partner, and even the kids (this little one’s got about 18 years to wait). Drivers do not need to live in the same residence to share an account.
Bookings for all drivers are added to a single monthly bill.
Have your say
Engage your democratic member rights! Your member shares entitle you to attend our Annual General Meeting to voice and vote for new board members or become one yourself!
Heading out of town but still hoping to carshare when you get there? Peg City Car Co-op has roaming agreements with carsharing companies like HOURCAR in Minneapolis and Communauto across Canada.
This week we are tackling the importance of reporting damage. This topic is so critical to carsharing we made a snazzy comic for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy.
We are nearly wrapping up Damage Awareness Month here on our blog, and we’ve created a pair of comics to address a topic that is decidedly not so fun.
We hope that sharing helpful winter driving tips, laying out the different insurance options, and outlining how we track vehicle damage, members will feel informed and ready to help keep our entire fleet in the best shape possible. If a car gets bumped, scraped, dinged, or worse, we need to know about it. The sooner we are able to assess and repair damage, the sooner we can get that vehicle back on the road! We happily take on the hassle and cost of vehicle maintenance and repair so that those who choose to go car-free or car-lite don’t have to worry about it.
When damage goes unreported – and unclaimed – it means we have to pay out of pocket, and ultimately that means higher rates for our members. With help from our members, we can stay on top of repairs AND keep costs low for everyone. So on that note here is a comic on Damage Reporting.