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presentation - April 17, 2013 (earlier Prezi:)

  • Richmond has more cars per capita than any other city in BC  (Ron Howard, MLA)
  • Car-sharing stuck in first gear in Metro Vancouver suburbs (headline local paper)
  • If you live in a city, you don't need to own a car. Bill Ford Jr. (Chair, Ford Motor) 
  • Each shared car results in up to 13 fewer cars on the road (UC Berkeley)
  • On average, Car-Renters save $500/mo;  Car-Loaners make $250/mo (Berkeley)

Options Available Now in Richmond (April 2013):

  • Modo Coop Car-Sharing - 1 car - Brighouse Station
  • Zipcar Car-sharing - 2 cars - Kwantlen University
  • Digital Hitchhiking - Craiglslist  (Community) + see movie: Craigslist Joe
  • Digital Hitchhiking - Hitch Whistler
  • Jack Bell  Carpooling
  • STAR (seniors transaportation expert) 
  • Transit including Handydart
  • Taxis and any chauffeur arrangement
  • Active Transportation (cycling, walking etc) incl bike sharing
  • Various Collaborative Consumption sites:
  • comparecarsharest.ca compares transport options for specific trips

Advantages of Car Sharing:

  • Reduced vehicle ownership.
  • Reduced vehicle kilometres travelled.
  • Reduced traffic.
  • Reduced parking demand.
  • Increase in public transportation use.
  • Increase in individual and household’s ability to access an automobile.
  • Greater mobility.
  • More efficient land use.
  • how-to-share-your-car-like-a-pro-in-5-easy-steps

Costs of Car Sharing:

  • Per hour reserved.
  • Per kilometer driven.
  • Monthly or annual administration charge.
  • Application fee.
  • Penalty fees.
  • Additional Insurance Coverage
  • Refundable deposit or credit check.


How Carsharing differs from traditional car rentals:

  • Carsharing is not limited by office hours
  • Reservation, pickup, and return is all self-service
  • Cars can be rented by the minute, hour, or day
  • Users are pre-approved members 
  • Vehicle locations are often close to public transit
  • Minimum Insurance but not: uninsured, under-insured or personal injury protection insurance.
  • Fuel costs are included in the rates.
  • Vehicles are not always serviced (cleaning, fueling) after each use

Coming Soon (Probably):

  • PVSP (Personal Vehicle Sharing Programs):
    • Getaround
    • Relay Rides
  • Car2Go  (Car Sharing,  drop-off anywhere ... now only in Vancouver)
  • Bicycle Rickshaws and Cargo Trikes
  • European Tourists with Expectations (carsharing is mainstream there)
  • Auto Manufacturers' own Car Sharing offers: Ford2go and Car2go


  • ICBC insurance issues (no car share insurance)
  • micro-entrepreneurs  and tax collection
  • critical mass
  • changing habits
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Spring 2012 notes:

Modo plans to have one car near the Canada Line in Richmond (April 2012)

Handydart subsidized $30/trip  richmondreview ; cannot increase service despite increasing demand

Richmond has more cars per capita than any other city in BC  (Ron Howard, MLA)
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1 - From Consumption to Contribution
2 - From Transaction to Trust
3 - From Isolation to Community
4 - From Scarcity to Abundance
J-F Noubel
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Car-sharing stuck in first gear in Metro Vancouver suburbs (Aug 2012) https://www.richmondreview.com/news/167906875.html

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Spring 2013:

  • 1 modo car in Richmond (Brighouse Station) 
  • Car2Go has 2 cars in Kwantlen Polytechnic University parking lot (8771 Landsdowne, Richmond, stalls 491, 492)
  • Car-share firms can pay the City of Richmond $300 per year for the privilege of using public parking, and spaces will be allocated for two-year terms. If the site is paid parking, the cost is higher, according to the average annual revenue the space generates.
  • modo has 9000 members and 280 cars , mostly in Vancouver
  • typically pay about $13 an hour, with gas and parking costs included.(approx double public transit cost)
  • Unlike Modo and Zipcar vehicles – which must be returned to their home parking stall – Car2Go's two-seater Smart cars can be taken on one-way trips and left on any residential street, provided it's north of 49th Avenue and west of Renfrew in Vancouver.

 peer-to-peer car sharing.:

  • San Francisco-based Getaround, which handles the transaction and provides insurance for a 40 per cent commission.
  • Getaround claims its owner members earn an average of $350 a month and the service saw huge growth this summer after launching in Portland.
  • owners can limit who they rent their car to – perhaps only their Facebook friends or people they know through church.
  •  Getaround's iPhone app remotely unlocks a car once it's rented.
  • Owners set their own prices and a rating system shows who has a trustworthy track record of past rentals.
  • Getaround co-founder Jessica Scorpio said Metro Vancouver is "high on our list" of possible expansion areas but said there are no specific plans yet.
  • The service's insurance coverage system would need ICBC's approval so members are shielded from all liability
  •  a potential game changer that could rapidly pump up the number of rentable vehicles in Richmond

National Car Sharing

  •  Henry Ford's great-grandson, Bill Ford Jr. (Chair, Ford Motor Co.) said recently, "If you live in a city, you don't need to own a car."
  • https://www.carsharing.ca/
  • 85,439 members shared 2,342 vehicles among 17 carsharing organizations in Canada. (jan 2011)
  • There are now Car Sharing companies in most of Canada's larger cities, providing service to over 50,000 individuals, families and companies.
  • https://stephenrees.wordpress.com/category/car-sharing/
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France and Germany are the leaders in the world for internet-based car sharing with millions of participants (encouraged by various government levels in France, driven by business sector in Germany) https://www.blablacar.com/ is the amazon of car sharing with 100,000 new members each month  (unfortunately, national train service is simultaneously deteriorating):   8000 cars ; 3000 rental agreements per month. leader is https://www.drivy.com/
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https://www.covoiturage.fr/blog/european-growth says it has reached 1 million seat capacity available.  After their first experience, people think that travelling alone in a car is a type of lost income.
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https://www.carpooling.com/us/  moves 1 million people each month (none in Canada)

Carpooling made an agreement with Deutsche Bahn and is now the second largest seller of train tickets in Germany after the Deutsche Bahn itself.

Integrated Intermodal Transportation is the future: businesses will use peer-to-peer and centralized systems to reach a maximum number of people and places.
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RelayRides USA says "You can drive our cars to the great lands north of us...that would be Canada, but Mexico, lo siento, due to insurance limitations you cannot take RelayRides cars to the great lands south of us." https://support.relayrides.com/entries/21091128-Can-I-drive-out-of-the-country-
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Studies show that each shared car results in up to 13 fewer cars on the road, leading to less- congested roads and less pollution. https://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.print.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2012/Jul/0717_onstar.html

based on research by UC Berkeley professor Susan Shaheen. A car renter would save about $500 a month compared to owning and insuring a car. A car owner can make $250 a month renting out his or her car
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This figure is based on the cost of running a 2012 Toyota Camry, 18,000 km a year, with the cost of gas set to $1.23/litre, with regular maintenance and repair.cost_of_vehicle_ownership

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corporate car-sharing services, though positive steps toward reducing emissions and dependence on car ownership, are only nominally about “sharing.” They’re really just a more streamlined version of car rental, with better apps and more options for pickup and drop-off.
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peer-to-peer car sharing is a perfect example of reducing waste in the form of "surplus capacity"  however many Americans inherently trust a corporate-controlled operation more than the generosity of strangers
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ICBC and Personal Vehicle Sharing Program (PVSP):


  • in an article https://www.richmondreview.com/news/167906875.html from aug 29, 2013 ... we are led to believe that ICBC is/was an obstacle
  • Rob Howard MLA supplrts PVSP (Fall 2013 correspondence)
  • RelayRides does not offer peer-to-peer rentals in Canada. However, renters in the U.S. are able to drive RelayRides rentals into Canada and Canadians visiting the U.S. are able to rent as well. (April 2013)
  • ICBC says that peer-to-peer renting is legal in BC. (april 2013 email) "In fact, many individuals rent their vehicles out to others, and a good example of this is the private rental of motor homes and recreational trailers."


"a vehicle needs to be insured in the proper rate class, and the owner of the vehicle is still responsible for injuries or damage caused by people renting their car. Therefore, it is important for the owner to carry adequate limits of third-party liability insurance and keep in mind that any claims they make under their policy might affect future insurance premiums.

We also suggest that an owner also consider getting a conversion coverage policy, which can be purchased at anyAutoplan broker’s office.  This policy will protect the vehicle owner in case the vehicle renter does not return the vehicle (in other words,. steals it).  Standard Autoplan insurance does not include conversion coverage, so we suggest that anyone thinking of renting their vehicle out to others look into getting this additional coverage."