Sunshine Coast-based Coast Car Co-op (CCC) will officially launch on March 1, executive director Johan Stroman announced this week.
The not-for-profit organization has seen widespread support throughout the Sunshine Coast. It launches with 45 members and two vehicles - a 2013 Toyota Prius C (hybrid car) and a new Dodge Grand Caravan (family van), with a third vehicle to be added May 1.
In addition, through a roaming agreement with Vancouver-based Modo The Car Co-op, CCC members also have access to more than 300 vehicles in the Lower Mainland, including a new multi-passenger vehicle that will be placed in Horseshoe Bay to coincide with the launch.
A special free public event celebrating the launch will be held March 1 at the Gibsons Public Market at 11 a.m.. A short ceremony, light snacks and interactive displays will be on hand to provide members and interested members of the public with ways to share their stories on growing the Co-op. Details to follow mid-February.
"The community support has been exceptional," said Stroman. "We are committed to providing the Sunshine Coast with a more affordable, convenient and greener option for transportation, and they have responded with huge support.
"The model of a carsharing organization fits perfectly with the culture of the Coast. It provides access to a range of vehicles for those that normally bike, bus or walk, and it augments one-car households for when they need that second vehicle. As our membership increases on the Coast, we will grow from three cars upwards to 10 or more here in the next three years."
For more information and details on how to become a member, visit the Coast Car Co-op website www.coastcarco-op.ca or call 778-374-3092.
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