Sigh...it seems winter is finally here, but that doesn't mean you can't get around Winnipeg without a car. We know many of our members are still biking, busing, and walking their way through the cold months, while using the carshare cars for occasional longer trips. We are pleased to report Peg City Car Co-op continues to get more popular. We're expecting to reach 70 members before the end of the year!
Starting December 5th, we will be accepting businesses as members of the Car Co-op. Want all the benefits of a fleet vehicle without all the fuss? That's where we come in! Small to medium size businesses in and around the Osborne Village area will have access to our 3 vehicles for staff and business use.
Some of the details:
$500.00 membership shares (one-time, refundable if you leave the co-op), which covers one driver and key fob along with one vote in the co-operative
Employees from the same business/organization can be added for $100 per driver with a shared key fob or $250.00 with a separate key fob
$35.00 application fee per driver; $25.00 if membership paid by cash or cheque
A completed Driver Abstract Request Form for each driver
Benefits: All the same benefits as our regular members: access to a car when you need it without worrying about gas, insurance, maintenance or parking costs!
Download a pdf of our membership application for more information here: http://pegcitycarcoop.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Business-Membership-Application-3rd-Draft-Oct.16.11.pdf
Carshare Lingo: Active User Ratio
There's a question we get all the time from prospective members as well as the generally curious: "With 70 members and only 3 cars, will it be difficult to book a car when I need it?"
The truth is, most of our members book a car on the same day they need it. How does this work? It all comes down to what we call in "the industry" active user ratio
, which represents the number of members in a given month who use the cars. Even if it is only once. Currently, only about 25-30 of our users will book a car in any given month, giving us an active user ratio of 10 for every car. Not bad, eh? It is this ratio that helps us determine when we buy our next car.
Each of our members have joined for a variety of reasons, including those who only want the piece of mind knowing they have access to a car should they need it. Now you can impress all of your friends with your new found carsharing vocabulary!
Keep an Eye Out For...
So you'd like to support Peg City Car Co-op and help us grow but you don't live in Osborne Village or you already have a car that you simply can't part with? Then look out for upcoming investment opportunities in the Car Co-op that could help you get a healthy tax return. Details are to follow, but contact us anytime to find out more information. (*hint* - Should make a great holiday gift!)