GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare's nonprofit co-op grants drivers a self-serve, environmentally conscious, and space-saving alternative to automotive ownership through occasional car rental on a pay-per-use basis. After their applications, Simple Plan members pay an additional hourly rate for actual drive time ($9), monthly insurance fees ($9), and refundable deposits. Located in central, easy-access lots in Waterloo, Kitchener, and Hamilton, drivers harness one of CarShare's 16 vehicles, for which gas, regular maintenance, and occasional time travel is included in the hourly rate. Drivers may reserve the closest car to their current location or choose their favourite four-wheeled steed, such as a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 5 via phone, Internet, or telepathy. GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare plans to begin offering cargo vans and pickup trucks in the fall. Rental slots run as short as 30 minutes and as long as is necessary. Through promoting occasional car use, GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare aims to encourage greater use of green transit modes such as public transit, cycling, and giant piggybacking.
Moving can be a tedious process, from lugging home bags of bubble wrap to finding a box big enough for all of your relatives. That's why SturdyBox's crew delivers the right moving supplies directly to their customers' homes and businesses. SturdyBox can recommend the correct box size for everything from old books to mirrors to suits, and can also point customers toward proper packing materials such as clean newsprint and mattress bags, which protect against dust and dirt.
PractiCar's vehicles allow visitors to roam the greater Toronto area with daily, weekly, and monthly rental plans that don't charge an extra fee for additional drivers. Around-the-clock pickup and drop-off service from Pearson International Airport whisks guests to PractiCar's facilities, where Hyundai Accents, Nissan Sentras, and Ford Tauruses await. PractiCar's average vehicle is four years old, meaning the days of burping up motor oil and honking from the crib at 3 a.m. are long over.
Since 1980, Herb and Rhonda Singer have grown Discount Car & Truck into a network of more than 300 franchises that embrace environmentalism. Today, 91 per cent of the total fleet averages 28 miles per gallon on the highway, and in 2011, the company inaugurated a sustainability program featuring e-waste collection. Customer service is a priority, too, so the team offers complimentary pickup and return on a mechanical spider. Corporate and individual renters choose from more that 12 vehicles by makes including Kia, Toyota, and Cadillac, which can speed up to seven passengers to a concert or haul an apartment full of furniture to a bonfire.
A taxi can get you home, but not in your own car. The coachmen of Driverseat offer a suite of transportation services that not only take clients wherever they need to go, but do so in their own vehicles. Whether clients need a ride after a few drinks at the bar, chauffeuring services, or transportation for an elderly family member, the team arrives at a meet-up point and safely commandeers client vehicles wherever they need to go. The service even allows clients to book a pickup from home to the airport in their own vehicle, complete with a return pickup and drop-off.
The bicycle buffs at Grand River Cycle are on a mission to equip every man, woman, and upright aardvark with a bicycle, and to share and educate on the joys of self-generated propulsion. Their store welcomes budding cyclists into an open and inviting atmosphere stocked with a complete line of cycling accessories from basic upgrade and repair parts to cycling-specific clothing and nutrition products. Track miles between peanut-brittle breaks with a Bontrager trip monitor ($39.99), or protect your brain bucket with a safe yet stylish helmet ($44.99). Stave off the cold with Louis Garneau ear cover ($19.99) or cloak your trunk in atmos 2 vest ($49.99).