Okanagan Car Share Co-op launches its first vehicles
Company car transferred into car share to support alternative transportation
The Okanagan Car Share Co-op (OGO) is launching the first carshare vehicles in the Okanagan. With vehicles available on an hourly basis, members can use a car when needed, without worrying about the high cost of ownership. Vehicles are conveniently located in Downtown Kelowna and Pandosy Village, and members can book online to access vehicles whenever they need.
“Carsharing has become extremely popular in cities around the world,” says Christian Brandt, Executive Director of the Okanagan Car Share Co-op. “Carsharing provides residents with affordable, convenient, sustainable transportation options in addition to walking, biking and transit. We are extremely grateful for the community support we’ve received to make this project possible.”The new initiative is getting off the ground thanks to a $17,000 donation from Interior Savings’ Community Investment Fund and the donation of a Prius from Urban Systems.
“We see carsharing as an integral part of the transition to a greener and more affordable transportation reality in our community,” says Kathy Conway, Interior Savings President & CEO.
“By providing our Prius to the carshare, we are investing in alternative transportation opportunities for a wide range of members in our community,” says Martin Bell, CEO of Urban Systems.
“This opportunity to invest in Kelowna and co-create value with OGO is one small contribution to community vibrancy and we hope it will offer inspiration to other businesses to get involved in building partnerships in the community.”
OGO members will now have access to the vehicle, and Urban Systems employees will still have access whenever needed.
Brandt looks to the benefits the new program will bring to the community. “By sharing vehicles, OGO can reduce the number of cars on the road, thereby easing traffic congestion as well as reducing the negative social, economic, and environmental impacts of personal vehicles,” he says.
To learn more about OGO, visit www.ogocarshare.ca