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Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing

Here at goDCgo, we love the freedom that Zipcar and Connect by Hertz offer District residents who choose to live car-free. Now, new companies are putting an interesting spin on the car sharing concept with what’s being called “neighbor to neighbor” or “peer to peer” car sharing. The idea is to allow individual car owners to rent out their vehicles when they are not using them to non-car owners. The arrangement benefits both owner and renter: the owner is able to offset the cost of car ownership and maintenance—potentially earning up to $7,400 a year depending on the type of car and number of rental hours; and the renter may find lower rates and more convenient locations of vehicles. And as an added bonus, every shared car replaces approximately 14 cars on the road, leading to less road congestion and pollution.

DC Circulator Service Changes Take Effect Today

This story comes to us from John Lisle:

(Washington, D.C.) On April 1, 2011, the DC Circulator will implement service changes affecting the Smithsonian-National Gallery of Art route, the Union Station-Navy Yard route, and the Convention Center-SW Waterfront route. Public notice of these changes was made on March 2 and a public meeting was held to discuss them on March 17. Details of the changes are as follows:

 

Mayor Gray Signs Order Allowing Taxicab Fuel Surcharge

This story comes to us from Linda Wharton Boyd:

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray has signed an executive order authorizing a $1.00 fuel surcharge for all taxicab rides within the District of Columbia.

The charge will take effect Monday, March 28. The action follows a recommendation from the Taxicab Commission to offset the impact of the steady rise in fuel prices in the metropolitan area on taxicab operators.

 

Capital Bikeshare Launches New 5-Day Membership

Capital Bikeshare Launches New 5-Day Membership

From DDOT:

(Washington, D.C.) In anticipation of the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected at this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, and with tourist season right around the corner, Capital Bikeshare has introduced a new 5-day membership option. The new 5-day membership, priced at $15, is geared specifically towards visitors to the nation’s capital and offers significant savings over the purchase of five individual day memberships priced at $5 a day. The membership is available for purchase at all Capital Bikeshare stations. Even before the festival kicks off, Capital Bikeshare has reached an exciting milestone: Tuesday night a member logged the 250,000th Bikeshare trip, just six months after the program’s launch in September 2010.

Cherry Blossom Traffic Pattern

This community notice comes to us from the U.S. Park Police:

Bike Swap on Capitol Hill: Save the Date!

Bike Swap on Capitol Hill: Save the Date!

Why buy some newfangled bikes, gear and other thingies when you can purchase bikes for a fraction of the cost, find clothing and swap parts all in one place? If this sounds like a perfectly reasonable and practical use of a Saturday to you, head on down to the North Hall of the Eastern Market on April 2nd for the First Annual Pedal Pusher’s Bike Swap.  Hours are 8:30 am -2 pm and you can find it at the corner of 7th Street NE and North Carolina Avenue.

DDOT To Present Transit Development Plan for DC Circulator

This story comes to us from John Lisle:

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 31 to present a comprehensive Transit Development Plan for the DC Circulator. The plan will help guide the growth of the DC Circulator over the next ten years.