If you’re not familiar with Flexcar, it’s a pioneering car-sharing company with growing operations here in Los Angeles and a whole bunch of cities around the country. The concept is this: you sign up for a membership and you basically have access to their network of vehicles parked wherever: downtown, USC, Hollywood, UCLA. Via their website or phone system you reserve a specific vehicle for however long you need it and then go pick it up wherever it’s garaged. After you return it, the appropriate rate is billed to your credit card. You don’t pay for gas, or insurance and there aren’t any forms and waivers to fill out. In short, it’s an awesome alternative.
I’ve been a member for awhile, and while I’ve only used their vehicles twice over the years (the first time way back in May 2004), I would certainly access their vehicle fleet more if there were more cars available and closer to where I work/live.
Well, an opportunity for that very type of expansion is presently on the table over at the city’s transportation committee in the form of a proposed one-year pilot program being considered that will designate specific on-street parking spaces be made available for car-sharing vehicles. Apparently it became state law this year allowing cities and counties to authorize certain streets or portions of streets for the exclusive parking of shared cars, and the transportation committee is meeting tomorrow to get public input and see if this is something worth moving forward on. As such, Flexcar’s calling for people to speak out in support of the program either by attending the transportation committee meeting tomorrow (October 24) between 5 – 7 p.m. at the West L.A. Municipal Building (West LA Municipal Building (1645 Corinth Avenue, 90025) or by emailing your opinion to Adam Lid, the Committee’s Legislative Assistant with a cc: to the Transportation Chair, Wendy Greuel (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you do send an email, please refer to On-Street Car-Sharing Program in the subject heading.