All Abuzz for Day Rates!

First things first, this is primarily a blog post about beekeeping, but it is also about how Peg City Car Co-op is expanding our services to meet the needs of our members…through Day Rates!

 

 

…Back to the bees. In addition to being the vice-president of the Peg City board (and my full time job), I have decided to fulfill a long time desire to keep honeybees. For a number of years I have found them both lovely and fascinating. After taking a hobby beekeeping course in 2009, I unfortunately found myself unable to keep any bees. I am carless by choice and there is a city by-law prohibiting the keeping of bees in the city. I was forced to wait before starting my exciting new project.

Honeybees don’t require a lot of maintenance, but they do require weekly visits to monitor their progress and troubleshoot any problems that may arise.

Since Peg City Car Co-op launched a year ago, I now have the ability to continue not owning a car, while getting to visit my bees. Literally the best of both worlds, and I am proud to say I am the keeper of a beehive located in St. Norbert.

While St. Norbert isn’t too far away, I have found myself driving a lot more due to my new hobby. For example, I had to drive all the way out past Dugald to pick up the nuc (small colony of bees) from another beekeeper, before bringing them to their new home. That trip racked up almost 100kms of driving!

This past Saturday, I had booked the car for the morning expecting to visit the bees, but I never made it past the farmers’ market when the sky opened up and it started to rain. I decided to return to the city, but in typical fashion for this unpredictable spring, by the afternoon the sky had cleared up.

Thinking I could still make the trip, I called up Aaron (Peg City’s Customer Service Coordinator) and asked him to check if there were any further bookings that day. He said it was available, and he reminded me that I could now book it for the whole day if interested. I was! That way, for $60.00 (with 100kms included), I could take my time, not worry about hours booked or kilometers traveled and head back out of the city. Perfect!

I paid a visit to my little bee friends, and was able to get a bunch of other errands done, all for a reasonable price. It really made making a last minute decision to change my plans that much easier.

 

 

It looks like the convenience of day pricing is catching on:

Next week, a team of five Green Action Centre employees (including member and Board Secretary Shoni Litinsky),will be going  to a meeting in Steinbach. After looking at the numbers from their last vehicle rental trip out there, they wanted to see if the new Peg City rate pilot would allow their small non-profit any savings by booking the carshare car instead.

Shoni did a little math, and was happy to see a $26 savings for the day– a significant amount in terms of vehicle rentals. She noted, “It feels great to be able to make the financially prudent choice and have that mean supporting a local co-op. Best of all I can focus on my important meeting, not have to deal with obtaining extra rental insurance, and will be able to pick up the car near my house!”
Ultimately,  I am happy to report that living car-free, with the support of Peg City Car Co-op, now allows for greater flexibility as we adapt to meet the diverse transportation needs of our members. Even us beekeepers.

 

 

 

DMSMCA & Peg City Car Co-op in the Metro

Aaron (left) and Robyn PHOTO CREDIT Matt Preprost Canstar News

Check out this great article on our West End Carsharing Study in the Canstar Neighbourhood papers today! If you still haven’t filled out our survey, please visit pegcitycarcoop.ca/DMSMCAsurvey or call 204.793.3912!

Car-sharing is designed to give members who regularly bus, cycle or walk occasional use of a vehicle without the high fixed costs of ownership. The concept is thriving across the country in high-density urban centres such as Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton and Waterloo.

The DMSMCA first looked into the concept about three years ago, as part of its five-year neighbourhood green plan, Webb said.

Consultations for that plan found many in the community were paying for cars that we’re being underused.

According to CAA, average annual ownership costs for a small sedan like a Honda Civic is about $7,500 per year.

That’s a lot of money in a community with a large number of low-income families, which the DMSMCA hopes to target with the program.

“Low income families can save a lot of money sharing a car and using it less frequently,” Webb said.

Some community non-profit organizations, including the West Central Women’s Resource Centre, have also expressed interest in the program, Webb added.

…And, Sometimes BIKE (June 2012)

June means all the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining and, most importantly of all, it’s our BIRTHDAY!

But even more awesome than all that is the significant number of active transportation events happening around the city.  En lieu of a “Sometimes, 5″ post, we are celebrating the simple and joyful form of transportation that are BICYCLES.

Bikes, bikes, bikes.

Wheely Fun Bike Ride — June 10th

The W.R.E.N.C.H and Bike to the Future are hosting a community bike ride and you are invited!

The satellite (or longer rides) are intended as a way for you to explore a new area of the city and enjoy the Sunday car-free bike routes with other cyclists. Chose a corner of the city and ride with a group to the Forks where you will meet other riders and proceed on a short family orientated ride to the Legislature for a celebration.

Satellite Rides – 11:30 AM meet up, 12:00 PM depart
Each satellite ride will have 2 ride leaders to guide the groups to the Forks. The rides starting at:

  1. Kildonan Park – meet at the Pavilion
  2. Omand Park/Creek – meet at the corner of Raglan Rd and Woseley Ave
  3. St. Boniface/St. Vital – meet at the entrance to Windsor Park Golf Course on Des Meurons

ending at: Oodena Celebration Circle, the Forks Market

All Ages Family Ride – 12:00 PM
12-1 pm : Bike decorating and meet up at the Oodena Celebration Circle, the Forks Market
1 pm : All ages ride along the Assiniboine Cycle Track to the Manitoba Legislature
2pm : Celebration and gathering at the Legislature. Food, music, games and more!

Contact: info@thewrench.ca or call 296-3389

Commuter Challenge

Happening NOW.

  • Is a week-long event during Canadian Environment Week (June 3 9, 2012)
  • Is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces
  • Encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home
  • Rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting
  • Celebrates active and sustainable transportation
  • Is nationally hosted by Sustainable Alberta Association
  • Is locally hosted by City Coordinators who support workplaces

MEC Bikefest — June 16

Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Forks Market Plaza
11:00am – 4:00pm

MEC Bikefest is a daylong community celebration of all things bicycle related. Our goal is to bring together Winnipeg’s bicycle community and those new to bikes, to celebrate the wonders of cycling. Come join us and make it the best bicycle bash in Winnipeg.

Bike to Work Day — June 22

Bike to Work Day Winnipeg is held annually,each June. It is an event the promotes the bicycle as everyday transportation in Winnipeg. The event aims to celebrate cycling culture, encourage commuters to choose active transportation, and advocate for cycling safety and the continued development of bike friendly infrastructure in the city.

The day begins at 6:30-9:00 when pit stops all over the city open to welcome commuters on their way to work. Bike to Work Day provides commuters with prizes, snacks and refreshments when they visit a pit stop.

Then between 3:30-6:00 all registered riders are invited to join the Bike to Work Day steering committee at the Forks for a free BBQ and party featuring a free bike valet service, basic bike maintenance, live music and prizes. Past prizes have included free bikes and free bike makeovers, plus commuter cycling gear.

Register today for free to show your support for cycling in Winnipeg, and to partake in all of the days festivities.

Peg City Car Co-op will also be hosting a Pit Stop on that morning at the corner of River and Osborne. Come help us celebrate our Birthday will cake, coffee and prizes! Yum!

IMPORTANT:

Please share this far and wide:

Manitoba Public Insurance has pledged $.50 per registered Bike to Work Day participant to the Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (The W.R.E.N.C.H.) to support their vital work in the Winnipeg Cycling Community. They have pledged to donate up to $2000 and that is 4000 riders! More than we have ever had before. Now it is more important than ever to REGISTER, by doing so you can help support this FANTASTIC organization.

Bike Ride to Site – Register now!

Help reduce the festival’s environmental impact – leave your car at home and join the Bike Ride to Site. You’ll even get priority entrance to the Festival Campground on Wednesday morning! 2012 will mark our third annual organized bike ride out to the festival. The approximately two hour bike ride is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors and help reduce the festival’s carbon footprint.

A few of our board members did this last year and it was a great success. First access to the campsite can’t be beat and having your bike during the fest is a huge bonus too!

Register now! Spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis and we expect the ride to fill up quickly, so apply soon!

 

Now get out there, enjoy the sunshine and ride your bike! Weee!