Flexcar Forecast: Sunny & Share

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!

Sincerely,
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.

2 Replies to “Flexcar Forecast: Sunny & Share”

  1. Probably, David. Flexcar will let you use a Honda Element for $70/per day so chances are one can find a comparable vehicle for a little less at Hertz/Avis/Enterprise… but when you factor in the tax and all that pesky per/day insurance crap (that a lot of people probably don’t need but get anyway) it can add up to more.

    The part where Flexcar rocks and rental agencies knock is the convenience. I make the reservation online and at the scheduled time show up where the selected vehicle is parked, wave my membership card at the dash-mounted reader and the doors unlock and I go. No paperwork, no people.

    The part where Flexcar drools and rental agencies rule is the alloted mileage. Most rentals come with unlimited free miles whereas Flexcar only gives you 150 per day. Anything over that mark and Flexcar dings you at a rate of 20-cents a mile, so you definitely don’t want to use Flexcar for any long trips.

    In fact, I’d long been planning on taking a Flexcar this weekend out to Death Valley but the fact that roundtrip’s going to be about 200 miles over what Flexcar allows per day and thus cost me an additional $40 or so made me cancel earlier this afternoon and go with Hertz.

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