Board Member Shoni Litinsky Named one of the Uniter’s 30 under 30!

Says the Uniter’s Anne Thomas:

“Shoni Shukster Litinsky is one of the driving forces behind Winnipeg’s first car sharing cooperative, Peg City Car Co-op.

At 25, Litinsky is the youngest member of the co-op’s board.

In the planning stages, trying to figure out the needs of car drivers was a bit of a challenge, given that none of them actually drove cars. But with no knowledge of how to start a co-op, or any kind of business, they went ahead.

“There was this group of people that really believed in something,” she says.

After three years, they now have 65 members sharing three cars. Litinsky hopes the project will grow beyond the Osborne Village neighbourhood.

“I hope to see a shift away from people clinging to their own vehicle,” she says.

Litinsky works for Green Action Centre’s Active and Safe Routes to School program.

Getting more kids to go to school the way their parents did, by foot or bike, takes more than just inspiring the students – it involves creating a community where parents feel it’s safe for kids to travel on their own.

A big step for the program has been getting the city’s transportation planners and traffic engineers to care about creating safe routes to school.

Litinsky believes active transportation is not about losing something, but being healthier and more connected to community.

“(It’s about) sustainable happiness, making your choices so that you’re happy, but they’re better for the world and your community, and yourself,” she says.”

Check out more of Manitoba’s outstanding young talent here.

Winter Update! Now Accepting Business Memberships

Sigh…it seems winter is finally here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get around Winnipeg without a car. We know many of our members are still biking, busing, and walking their way through the cold months, while using the carshare cars for occasional longer trips. We are pleased to report Peg City Car Co-op continues to get more popular. We’re expecting to reach 70 members before the end of the year.

And starting December 5th, we will also be accepting business memberships! Yay!

For more details, check out our latest newsletter here.

Greening Your Holidays

Now, we know there are a bunch of benefits to joining a carshare. One of the sweetest parts is saving your money for things that really matter…like presents!  It also offers you a convenient way of shuttling all those wrapped goodies around.

However, if the consumer hype of the holidays season isn’t your thing, you can check out this informative article from the Winnipeg Free Press on how to green up your holiday shopping – featuring on of our very own board members, as well as Curt Hull, a member.

Hint- Thanks to Kristine from the Manitoba Eco-Network for suggesting a carshare membership as an excellent gift idea!

Dreaming of a green Christmas

 

Do You Really Need Snow Tires?

Although winter tires are not mandatory in Manitoba like they are in Quebec, we feel that they’re essential and here’s just one reason why:

“There’s about 10 per cent of the people right now that don’t have winter tires on and they’re involved in 38 per cent of the accidents on the road in the winter,” he said. “It does make a big difference if you have summer tires on or winter tires on,”

The changing of seasonal tires are just part of our routine maintenance and one less thing for you to have to think about when you are “sometimes driving” a Co-op car.


See:

Quebec first province to make winter tires mandatory

(December 20, 2007 )

 

Peg City Members featured in Smart Trips video for South Osborne

Peg City members Matthew Lawrence and the Walker family are featured in this inspiring video collection of personal journeys South Osborne residents have taken towards living car-free. As members of Peg City Car Co-op, these individuals are able to live car-free and mainly walk, bike, or bus to travel around Winnipeg.

This Smart Trips video was put together by the Sustainable South Osborne group as part of their CLER (Community-Led Emissions Reductions) project, and the stories are great examples of how traveling car-free can be a life enriching, community building, and cost effective choice.