One-Way Car Share Launched
Starting last Thursday, May 17, some 35 Gig Car Share vehicles appeared on the main island. The cars are ready for use for one-way trips between Alameda, core East Bay communities and two San Francisco locations.
On May 1 the City Council approved an agreement with Gig Car Share to have up to 50 of the new vehicles on the main island. Gig Car Share has not yet launched on Bay Farm Island.
Carsharing aims to reduce car ownership and provide greater transportation choices. The idea is not new here, as the Island already has “dedicated space” carsharing at four locations with Getaround (formerly City CarShare). The city also has peer-to-peer carsharing that allows Alamedans to rent their private vehicles to neighbors.
The new agreement represents a third type of carsharing called one-way or point-to-point, where members are able to rent available vehicles and end trips anywhere in designated areas. For Gig Car Share, designated areas include two parking lots in San Francisco, the City of Albany and the core areas of Oakland and Berkeley, including seven BART stations: Fruitvale, West Oakland, Lake Merritt, North Berkeley, Ashby, Rockridge and MacArthur.
Carsharing not only reduces driving costs for individuals and businesses, it increases access to vehicles, especially for lower-income individuals. Carsharing reduces vehicle purchases and vehicle miles traveled, with each shared vehicle removing from seven to 11 privately owned vehicles off the street.
Car-share vehicles also tend to be less polluting and more fuel efficient than typical personal vehicles and have more safety features that help avoid or reduce the impact of collisions.
Carsharing is defined as a membership-based service, which allows all qualified, licensed drivers to make vehicle trips with the use of a rented vehicle without a separate written requirement for each trip.
Gig Car Share has a team of fleet operators who clean and fuel the cars throughout the communities they serve. For more information, download the Gig Car Share app or visit gigcarshare.com.