This Wednesday, Dec. 4, Coast Car Co-op is hosting a membership drive.
All who are interested in learning more or joining the car co-op are invited to Wheatberries in Upper Gibsons from 7 to 9 p.m. Persephone beer, fresh baked treats and great music will be on hand, along with guest speakers from two other car co-ops — Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver. Membership shares will also be on sale. Register your free seat via the Eventbrite link at www.coastcarco-op.ca.
Coast Car Co-op is for drivers on the Sunshine Coast who are seeking alternatives: diverse vehicles, flexible by the half-hour bookings, 24-7 access at a number of locations.
Coast Car Co-op has recently negotiated with Vancouver’s car co-op MODO that all Sunshine Coast members will have access to MODO’s cars as well.
“That means access to 300 cars around Vancouver — and perhaps, less expensive ferry trips,” said Johan Stroman, executive director of Coast Car Co-op. “Similar agreements are in the works with Victoria, Nanaimo, Okanagan and Kootenay carshares. And the benefits include access to a range of new, fuel efficient vehicles — an EV or hybrid, truck or van and a cross-over.”
Stroman said they often get the question: but does it work in a rural setting?
“The Kootenay carshare is a great example — they have 21 vehicles in five communities and have been successful for years,” he said. “In order to place cars in Gibsons in February as planned, we need 40-plus more people to join us.”
He said they will be the co-op founders — and acknowledged as such by the Co-op.
To join you need to be 19 years or older and have a clean driving record. A $400 deposit gives you a membership share. It is 100 per cent refundable if you leave the co-op.
“As a non-profit co-op, we need the equity [of paying members] to start, but really wrestled with what that upfront cost means to people and so we dropped it to match Victoria Carshare’s, B.C.’s lowest member rate,” Stroman said. “We hope that makes joining possible for more people.”