Peg City Car Co-op

Peg City Car Co-op

Bike. Walk. Bus. and Sometimes, Drive.

On June 24th, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially launch the Peg City Car Co-op. Peg City Car Co-op presently has two cars located at the Safeway parking lot at River & Osborne. In August a third car was purchased and is located at Osborne/Gertrude parking lot behind 92 City FM (they have donated the parking space). Additional cars will be purchased as demand increases. Until now, Winnipeg had been the largest city in Canada without a carsharing service.

In 2007, five individuals with personal and profession interest in sustainable transportation met to discuss the potential for establishing a carshare program in Winnipeg. Through informal discussions within their networks, the group determined there might be sufficient interest in Winnipeg for the carshare to be successful. A feasibility study determined that carsharing is a viable option in Winnipeg and the Osborne Village area is the optimal neighbourhood in which to launch a carshare, followed by the Broadway-Assiniboine area. In June, 2011 the launch for membership sales began. They currently have 55 members and this number is expected to grow to 70.

Peg City Car Co-op

Peg City Car Co-op provides its members access to vehicles 24/7 on an hourly basis without the hassles and expense of ownership. The usage fee charge is a per hour plus a rate per km. There are no additional fees for fuel, insurance, or cleaning. Once membership is approved, members can view availability and book online or by phone. Using a master electronic device, owners are able to pick up their car and return it to the same location. The main difference from a car rental is that carsharing tends to be used mostly for short-term use, such as a few hours, whereas a car rental is used mainly for a weekend or week.

Peg City Car Co-op

In discussion with Aaron Russin, the Customer Service Co-ordinator at Peg City Car Co-op “Interesting to see Winnipeg taking on a new initiative. Those who get it, really get it. That’s inspiring.” They anticipate usage to increase as the cooler weather settles in. A condo developer and a neighbourhood association have approached Peg City regarding their future development plans. They plan to purchase another car as its membership grows.Two new locations opened in 2013 (Broadway and Oborne & Corydon)

Aaron wanted to thank the Jubilee Fund, Manitoba Cooperative Association, St. Mary’s Road United Church, Assiniboine Credit Union and several other funders and partners for their support. Without it, the project probably won’t have got its start.

For more information contact Beth McKechnie at beth@pegcitycarcoop.ca or go to www.pegcitycarcoop.ca