Good Read: Car Co-op grows memberships, expands fleet

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Here’s an excerpt from the Winnipeg Free Press article:

“Up to 20 more cars will be rolling down Winnipeg streets within the next year, but that doesn’t mean there will be more traffic.

Peg City Car Co-op, the city’s ever-popular car-sharing service, is planning to expand its vehicle fleet by as much as 50 per cent by the end of 2020, adding hatchbacks, SUVs, trucks, and a large cargo van option to serve its growing membership: it’s the cooperative’s most ambitious expansion yet.

But the car-sharing system doesn’t add to gridlock, says Philip Mikulec, Peg City’s operations manager. In fact, he says, though it might seem counterintuitive, each vehicle in the fleet represents 13 to 15 sets of wheels taken off the road in the city, freeing up space, reducing emissions, and limiting the financial burdens of car ownership.

Car-sharing gives users the option of only paying for vehicles when they need one, and the Peg City model allows users to pick it up from designated spots across the city, returning it once they’re done for another user to drive.

Each vehicle in the fleet represents 13 to 15 sets of wheels taken off the road in the city, freeing up space, reducing emissions, and limiting the financial burdens of car ownership, says Philip Mikulec, Peg City's operations manager. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)
Each vehicle in the fleet represents 13 to 15 sets of wheels taken off the road in the city, freeing up space, reducing emissions, and limiting the financial burdens of car ownership, says Philip Mikulec, Peg City’s operations manager. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Just under a decade ago, the idea of car-sharing was still a nascent one: when the car co-op started in 2011, it did so with only a few members and three cars, says Mikulec. Now, Peg City expects 2,000 members by summer 2020, and as of 2018, there were more than 336,000 car-share members nationwide, according to Movmi, a shared mobility agency.

“It feels like we have the wind at our backs,” Mikulec said. “It’s going to be a big year for us.”

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