Richmond Review: Richmond paves way for car-sharing
Cars—that people share with strangers—are coming to City Centre streets.
Up to three on-street parking spaces around Canada Line stations will be reserved for car-share vehicles, after city council approved the change Monday.
Douglas Dunn, fleet director for the car-sharing co-operative Modo, said there’s a “huge push” from members to expand into Richmond.
“We really see ourselves as another accessory to the lifestyle needs of someone in a given city,” said Dunn.
Modo is seeking to locate vehicles near Canada Line stations on Lulu Island, and Dunn said the co-op could begin operating in Richmond by October.
The Vancouver-based not-fot-profit organization already has 270 vehicles in Metro Vancouver, and each vehicle has its own designated parking space.
Dunn said Modo hasn’t been able to secure parking spots from owners of private lots, so the company approached the city for on-street spots near rapid transit.
“Having vehicles near these transit hubs makes the most sense, and often in many cases, the planning and construction that’s occurred around these stations favours residential housing,” he said. “So it makes sense as a natural thing to have car-sharing.” … Continue reading…