Car Sharing / Mobility
Flexcar Launches in Belltown with Neighborhood Partner
Mayor and County Executive
Announce Financial Support for Car Sharing
NEWS RELEASE, September 19, 2000 (A joint news release from the City
of Seattle and King County
On September 19 at the American Lung
Association of Washington office in downtown Seattle,
Mayor Paul Schell and King County Executive Ron
Sims announced the expansion of the Flexcar
car sharing program, a public-private partnership
between the City of Seattle, King County Metro, and
Mobility, Inc./Flexcar, to the Belltown
Flexcar shifts into financing gear:
Seeks $2.5 million to fuel car-sharing concept's drive
for new markets,
Puget Sound Business Journal, November 24, 2000 print edition,
by Steve Wilhelm,
Mobility Inc., the Seattle company that operates the
Flexcar auto-sharing business, is seeking $2.5
million from angel and corporate investors to
accelerate its growth.
- Car Sharing
King County Metro and the City of Seattle have teamed up to bring car
Seattle. Car sharing offers a convenient and economical alternative to
personal vehicle. The Seattle project is currently being developed and
final details are yet to be determined.
City folks can save money by sharing cars
Seattle P.I., Saturday, January 8, 2000
By KRISTIN DIZON,
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
"Car sharing is an innovative personal travel concept that saves money
while reducing traffic congestion, parking
problems and pollution.
Car sharing is coming soon to the close-in
neighborhoods of Southeast Portland."
Victoria Car Share Co-op
"Introducing a new idea from Germany,
Switzerland, Quebec City and Montreal. Saves Money Saves resources.
Protects the environment.
Car Sharing: It Makes Sense!"
Car sharing in
(A car when you need one)
(A fraction of the cost of owning a car
Pay only for when you drive it)
(No maintenance; No servicing; No parking hassles
Near to your home)
(Car Sharing reduces car dependance and use)
Car Sharing Links (Europe)
- CarSharing AG, Berlin]
CarSharing Library &
Car Sharing Holds the Road in Germany
By Mary Williams Walsh, L.A. Times Staff Writer
Thursday, July 23, 1998
Use of a vehicle by multiple households began as an idealistic endeavor,
but these days it is maturing into a sophisticated, for-profit business.
Northwest outside the box with car-sharing solutions
Seattle Times, December 28, 1999; by
Neal R. Peirce/Syndicated columnist
"No one questions private vehicles' versatility and convenience, but
there are some truths to face: Most of them sit
parked 20 to 23 hours a day; many are idle from weekend to weekend.
When our cars are driven, half to three-quarters
of their seats are likely to roll around empty. And we rarely compute
true per-mile costs."
Will public buy car-sharing?
Saturday, December 26, 1998, by Kery Murakami
Officials in Seattle and King County are about to
- an attempt to create an alternative to owning a
car in some of the
city's more congested areas.
Would time-share cars ever catch on
Seattle Times, Monday, Nov. 17, 1997
by Peyton Whitely
"Time-share condos. Time-share boats.
If there's anything that seems alien to
America's car culture, sharing a
car might be it.
But listen ... to Conrad
Wagner, a Swiss businessman
who's in the Seattle area talking with local
transportation officials to sound out support for the idea.
Wagner's been running car-sharing operations
in Europe since 1988
and has the figures to show the potential. In
Switzerland, more than
16,000 people are signed up to use 1,000 cars
in a car-share fleet,
from 800 locations.
Total European operations involve 40,000
members, using 3,000 cars
at 700 (? 7,000?) locations".
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 22:15:27 +0100
From: Lorenzo Martinoni / Dana Zumr
please take notice
the co-operative mobility is the largest known carsharing company
about 800 cars
in nearly 500 stations
all over switzerland
mobility was founded 1987 with 25 members and two cars
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