Hundreds of on-street parking spaces will be set aside for car-sharing vehicles this fall as part of a city-led effort to reduce private-car ownership in San Francisco.
Companies like Zipcar and City CarShare will be allowed to reserve up to 150 spaces apiece, with another 150 potentially available next year. Wheelz, which specializes in peer-to-peer transactions involving personal vehicles, and Car2Go, a startup that features one-way car trips, could be included later. Read More
San Francisco residents tired of shelling out big bucks for cabs or getting stuck on slow-moving Muni buses will soon have another option for traversing The City: rentable scooters.Scoot Networks, a local startup, will dispatch electric mopeds around San Francisco, available to rent for various time periods, under a plan that combines aspects of bike-sharing with the business model of Zipcar. Read More
Despite the increasing popularity of car sharing, the service is unavailable for many San Francisco residents in low-income neighborhoods such as Bayview-Hunters Point.
Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview and other neighborhoods in the southeast part of The City such as Visitacion Valley, lashed out at car-share companies this week for not providing services for her district. Read More
Car share services such as City CarShare and Zipcar could be coming closer to the curb, but it will come at the cost of precious street parking.
Currently, customers pick up their shared cars in private lots such as gas stations, garages and apartment complexes. A new Municipal Transportation Agency plan with the support of Mayor Ed Lee and Board President David Chiu, however, would allow companies to rent exclusive spots on public streets. Read More
With hordes of holiday travelers expected to flee from The City this week, the streets of San Francisco are likely to be filled with rows of empty cars.Usually, those vehicles just sit and collect dust for a few days, but this year their owners can make a few extra bucks by taking advantage of a new car-sharing system in San Francisco. Read More
In an effort to save money and reduce abuse of its vehicle fleet, The City is close to finalizing a contract with two private car-sharing businesses.
Officials are expected to sign a $500,000 three-year deal with City CarShare and Zipcar Inc. for their fee service of providing the use of sedans for hours at a time. The deal is expected to improve The City’s fleet operations, which have long been plagued by inefficiencies and abuse, and also cut down on costs. Read More