Fresh Rates — New Options for Carsharing

Happy spring everyone! We have some very exciting news to share.

As we approach our second anniversary we are introducing new rate plans as well as a new, casual driver category.

Since launching in June of 2011, we’ve grown to 120 members sharing four cars. As we prepare to grow our  fleet to 11 cars by 2014, we want to make joining Peg City Car Co-op both easier and more affordable to do.

Starting May 1st, we are making some changes to our membership rates:

  • Booking fees are being eliminated! (except those made by phone)
  • The hourly fee for regular members has been increased, but the kilometre fee has been cut by almost half! Most members will experience a decrease in their overall bill.
  • We will be offering members an opportunity to join our new Member+ pricing option. It will offer savings if you find yourself booking four or more trips a month.
  • To accommodate our expansion and to offer greater flexibility to possible future members, we are introducing a “Casual Driver” option to new users.
  • We are eliminating all additional drivers deposits. From now on, add drivers to any member account for only $25.
  • Day rates have been simplified. A maximum number of hours will be charged  per day (10hrs weekdays/15hrs weekends). All kilometre charges will be applied.

What this looks like:

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For more information visit our rates page or contact us directly: info@pegcitycarcoop.ca

Earth Day News: Peg City Partners with UWinnipeg

Press release from UWinnipeg:

Our Honda Fit will be moving to UWinnipeg in May!

 

WINNIPEG, MB – Today is Earth Day, and The University of Winnipeg is partnering with Peg City Car Co-op to offer students and others in the University community a new, sustainable transportation option on campus: car sharing. Effective the first week of May, a silver Honda Fit will be parked free of charge year-round behind UWinnipeg’s Buhler Centre at 490 Portage Avenue.

UWinnipeg is committed to offering active and sustainable transportation options on campus. Most recently, in partnership with The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association, a campus and community Bike Lab opened that provides free year-round programming to students, staff, faculty and community members including bike maintenance and safety workshops. Additionally, UWinnipeg is now the downtown terminus for Winnipeg’s new rapid transit corridor connecting 14 bus routes to the east and south ends of the city. The Balmoral Transit Station, located at UWinnipeg’s AnX, features weather protection for passengers and real-time BUSwatch electronic signs.

“The car share option is an incredibly exciting addition to our campus,” said Alana Lajoie-O’Malley, Director, Campus Sustainability Office. “Several University employees are unable to walk, bike, or bus to work because they must drive to off campus meetings during the day. Our hope is that making this vehicle available to these staff members will reduce the number of University employees driving their cars to and from their homes.”

HOW CAR SHARE WORKS

“This partnership with the University of Winnipeg will provide us with new opportunities to expand our membership,” said Beth McKechnie, manager of Peg City Car Co-op. “This car will be conveniently located near our members in the West Broadway and Spence neighbourhoods, and we also represent a new transportation option for all students, workers and small businesses in the downtown area.”

To join, potential members must have a clear driving record and be at least 21 years of age. Members have access to a fleet of vehicles parked in a handful of Winnipeg neighbourhoods, 24 hours a day. Usage is paid on hourly and per kilometre basis.
UWINNIPEG – AN ECO-LEADER

The University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association is also pleased to accept the 2013 Polar Bears International’s Paws of Approval Award, which handed out during a dinner on Friday, April 19, 2013. The award celebrates organizations, groups, and individuals who are making a serious contribution to reducing greenhouse gases.

In the last five years, UWinnipeg has become an award-winning eco-leader garnering national attention through the following sustainability initiatives:

All UWinnipeg campus food scraps, containers and biodegradable cutlery composted at the Forks by the unique BIOvator
Created Diversity Foods serving nutritious, local and sustainable food on campus
First university in Canada to ban the sale of plastic water bottles
Installed a hybrid heating system that switches between natural gas and electricity, reducing GHG emissions from core buildings by as much as 25%
Outfitted all campus bathrooms with low-flow toilets and sinks, saving more than 4.5 million litres of water per year
Uses green cleaning practices and products including phosphate-free detergents
All printers on campus default to double-sided printing, saving countless amounts of paper
New campus facilities constructed to minimum LEED Silver standard (McFeetors Hall: Great-West Life Student Residence and The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association Daycare Centre formally awarded LEED Silver by the Green Building Council of Canada in 2011)

In 2005, President Lloyd Axworthy committed to a comprehensive Sustainability Management System for UWinnipeg, which means potential environmental impact is factored into all decisions. The 2013 Globe & Mail Canadian University Report places UWinnipeg among Canada’s best for environmental commitment.

Later today, Dr. Axworthy is also receiving an Honourary Doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine – Kyiv Polytechnic Institute(known as KPI) in recognition of UWinnipeg’s commitment and achievement in creating a sustainable campus. KPI is considered one of the foremost “green” science and engineering facilities in Ukraine.

We’re Hiring! Marketing and Membership Recruitment Internship

Do you want to see carsharing grow in Winnipeg? Are you an energetic self-starter who cares about the environment?

This spring, Peg City Car Co-op is expanding into more neighbourhoods in central Winnipeg. To help do this successfully, we need a reliable people person who gets what carsharing is and how it works. Someone who understands the individual, environmental and community benefits. And better yet, can explain these benefits to others in a way that encourages them to join the co-op!

About us

Peg City Car Co-op provides a practical solution for individuals, families and businesses to meet their transportation needs in a convenient and cost effective way. Launched in 2011, Peg City is young, vibrant and growing.

About the position

This paid internship is made possible through the Canadian CED Network’s CreateAction program. The position pays $15 per hour for 35 hours per week and lasts until September 30, 2013. Peg City’s placement offers a great opportunity to gain valuable social marketing and community outreach experience with an emerging and innovative co-op.

Eligibility

To meet the criteria for the CreateAction program, you must be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
  • a post-secondary institute, college, university or CEGEP graduate;
  • out of school;
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee status has been conferred;
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits;
  • able to demonstrate a lack of labour market attachment to field of study (under-employed or unemployed);
  • able to demonstrate that working in the field of community economic development is a career goal; and
  • someone who has not previously participated in a Career Focus work experience placement.

Responsibilities and Requirements

General responsibilities:

  • Seek out and secure display/tabling opportunities
  • Set up and staff displays at events, festivals and other prospects
  • Provide information about carsharing and Peg City Car Co-op in a friendly, professional and engaging manner
  • Secure new co-op members
  • Assist with a summer photo contest featuring walking, cycling and riding the bus in Winnipeg neighbourhoods where Peg City vehicles are located
  • Work with the marketing committee to develop and deliver creative approaches to membership recruitment
  • Help foster existing and new community partnerships
  • Other duties as required, including assisting with fleet management and member services

Requirements:

  • High-energy, positive, outgoing personality with a good sense of humour
  • Comfortable interacting with people and initiating conversations
  • Demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently and find solutions
  • Able to work a varied schedule including evenings and weekends
  • Extremely well organized and dependable
  • Interested in being part of a close knit team

How to apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to info@pegcitycarcoop.ca and indicate “Internship Application” in the subject line. Thanks to all who apply, however, we will be following up only with those selected for an interview.

 Application close date: 5 pm, April 17, 2013