Flexcar Forecast: Sunny & Share

November 7, 2007 at 10:22 am in Driving, LA, Mass Transit

Just following up on a post I made a couple weeks ago I about late-breaking info I’d received concerning a meeting of the city’s transportation committee in which they would be considering a proposed one-year pilot program being that would designate specific on-street parking spaces be made available for car-sharing vehicles, such as Flexcar (of which I’ve been an enthusiastic member since 2003).

Laid low by a wildfire smoke-aided bronchial bug I was unable to attend the meeting, so instead I sent an email to Councilmember Wendy Greuel, the committee’s chairperson, encouraging her to support the proposal. A couple days ago I received the following response.

Dear Mr. Campbell:

I am writing to thank you for your email supporting the proposed On Street Car Sharing pilot program for the City of Los Angeles. I agree that using shared cars on an as-needed basis is a great way to reduce congestion and improve air quality in our City, and I believe that designated spaces on the street would increase the visibility of the program, encouraging more users to take advantage of this worthwhile service.

The rest of Greuel’s letter and more after the jump.

The public deserves some relief from gridlock and foul air, thus I enthusiastically support the On Street Car Sharing pilot program. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with me!

Wendy Greuel
Councilmember, 2nd District
Chair, Los Angeles Transportation committee

Nice. And though my sporadic Flexcar usage over the years make me seem more talker than walker, I’m hopeful that if this plan finds the support it needs from the full City Council (coupled to the recent news that Flexcar is merging with another car-sharing company called Zipcar) there will ultimately be more shared vehicles available closer to where I live, work and play.

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