Owning a car is a big responsibility, requiring drivers to watch over their autos at all times or risk losing them in a busy parking lot. Share the burden of accountability with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a six-month ShareLocal membership, including the application fee (a $30 value) and $30 in driving credit, to City CarShare (a $120 total value).
Metropolitan members of City CarShare enjoy the convenience of having their own car without the hassle of urban parking and maintenance with a fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles parked at convenient locations throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. With a six-month ShareLocal membership (a $10/month value), drivers gain an electronic key to unlock the chariot of their choice at their convenience—they simply reserve their chosen vehicle online or by phone at any time and pick it up at a scheduled time. When drivers are finished with the ride, they return it to its pick-up location; gas and insurance are included. Twenty types of vehicles are available, including hybrids, pickup trucks, convertibles, and hatchbacks, so daytrippers can select a Mini Cooper convertible and venture to the countryside for a day of wildflower boxing or stock up on more IKEA merchandise than a penny-farthing bicycle can carry. Rates for cars are by both the hour and the mile and vary based on time, day, and length of the trip (the average cost is $6.75 per hour), with a full pricing guide available online.
A nonprofit organization celebrating its tenth anniversary, City CarShare is committed to socially responsible practices with the mission of reducing individual car ownership, decreasing motor-vehicle-created smog, and freeing up more parking spots for fringe-topped surreys. So take advantage of the grocery-transporting luxury only four wheels can provide, or gift this Groupon to the adamant cyclist in your life, freeing her up to take covert, covered trips in the rain.
Members of City Carshare, the company reports on its website, drive 50% less than individual car owners, annually saving more than 20 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is exactly what the local nonprofit had in mind in 2001 when they opened more than 200 Bay Area lots full of fuel-efficient, alternative-fuel, and electric cars and sleighs pulled by Virginia creeper. These vehicles are the linchpin in their two-fold social commitment to creating healthy urban spaces and strong communities.
The first part of that is relatively straightforward: fewer cars on the road mean less congestion and smog and reduced demand for parking lots that could be transformed into parks that grow into concrete jungles. The company defrays the high monetary costs of car ownership by providing insurance coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance, and all the fuel your vehicle needs to get on the road. To foster a sense of community, they hook members up with a private ride-sharing program and entice them to explore the city via their key fob, which unlocks perks at other local businesses. Their mission is backed by a global network of transportation visionaries in the international CarSharing Association, of which City Carshare is a founding member.