Zipcar Expands Street Parking in San Francisco

autorentalnews – excerpt

Zipcar plans to add more street parking locations throughout the city of San Francisco. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) recently approved a permanent on-street parking permit program.

SFMTA’s board of directors will be giving up to 1,000 parking spaces to carsharing vehicles and will be asking the public where those spaces should be located… (more)

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City CarShare To Run San Francisco’s Electric Bike Sharing Program

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Electric bicycles are coming to San Francisco and Berkeley next year as part of a bike sharing pilot program approved by transportation officials Tuesday.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors gave the go-ahead for a $1.5 million grant toward an electric bikeshare program that will partner with City CarShare and the University of California at Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit member-based carsharing organization that serves San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and other East Bay cities… (more)

SFMTA adds to their CarShare franchise. Another $1.5 million for non-Muni expenses. Doesn’t look like Muni is as broke as they claim. When they need another million or two for one of their pet projects they can always find it. The neighborhoods that depend on Muni don’t count. SFMTA prefers to cater to the folks with the smart phones.

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SFMTA to allow designated on-street parking for peer-to-peer carsharing vehicles

SFMTA released a draft of its Car Sharing Policy and Pilot Project. They are announcing a pilot project to allocate some on-street parking spaced to carsharing and peer-to-peer carsharing vehicles in San Francisco. Peer-to-peer carsharing vehicles are cars owned by individuals that are available for the general public to use via services like GetAround and Relay Rides.
The pilot will allocate up to 150 spaces (0.05% of the total on-street spaces in San Francisco) to carsharing. Only two spaces per block at most will be allocated.
In order for peer-to-peer cars to be included, they must be available for use by the general public 75% of the time. How this is enforced or monitored is not indicated… (more)

Check out the On-street carsharing Zones.
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FlightCar Launches in San Francisco, Lets Travelers Rent Their Cars While Away

betakit.com : February 7, 2013 – excerpt

The world of carsharing has exploded ever since the advent of ZipCar in 2000, with that company alone building a base of around 800,000 members as of the end of 2012, leading to a $491 million acquisition by rental powerhouse Avis in January 2013. As the market has evolved, ZipCar has spawned dozens of new entrants embracing the model such as Hertz On Demand, Car2Go and AutoShare.
The idea of carsharing has also extended to individual vehicle owners via peer-to-peer marketplaces, whereby an owner can make their vehicle available for others to rent for short periods of time. The most popular examples are startups GetAround and RelayRides, which is funded by GM and Google Ventures…. (more)

I just heard about an employee at a big car dealer repair shop with a heavy foot who drove a $70K car over a cement block and totaled the car. That dealer will have to replace the customer’s car, a big loss for the dealer, who is insured. How many people will allow a perfect stranger to drive their personal vehicle while they are out of town? Whoes insurance will cover damaged and missing vehicles?

How Can On-Site Carsharing Have the Best Environment for Success?

PRNewswire-USNewswire : execdigital.com – excerpt

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Mineta Transportation Institute (transweb.sjsu.edu) has released its newest peer-reviewed research report, Residential On-Site Carsharing and Off-Street Parking Policy in the San Francisco Bay Area. This research investigates the current practice of on-site carsharing and the associated parking standard changes from the perspective of three key groups – building developers, carsharing service providers, and local policymakers. This report is the first half of a two-part series on parking policy. The principal investigator was Charles Rivasplata, Ph.D., in close coordination with Zhan Guo, Ph.D., Richard Lee, Ph.D., David Keyon, and Luis Schloeter. The free 64-page report is available for PDF download from transweb.sjsu.edu/project/1001-1.html..

Dr. Rivasplata said, “Based on interviews with 15 carsharing stakeholders, we identified major factors contributing to the relative success or failure of on-site carsharing programs. In general, the service has been well accepted by developers, planners, and service providers as a way of reducing parking demand and expanding local carsharing markets. However, despite the success of carsharing there is a clear gap between on-site carsharing programs and off-street parking standards, and between on-site carsharing programs and carsharing business operations.”… (more)

In the case of San Francisco, most of the city is not high density, though that is the argument the SFMTA uses. They base their data on studies and plans for development that was planned but not yet implemented due to the economic downturn, that most experts expect to continue for a number of years. The major dispute SF residents have with SFMTA is that their programs do not address the conditions residents are dealing with today.