City of New Westminster encourages residents to give car sharing a try and commit to fewer car trips
New Westminster – The City of New Westminster has partnered with TransLink’s TravelSmart program to encourage the community to take one less car trip per week. To this end, the City’s current car sharing service provider MODO has just brought four more cars into the city for MODO members to use, for a total of 11 vehicles located throughout New Westminster.
“Sustainable transportation, which includes walking, biking, taking transit and car sharing, is high on the City’s list of current priorities, which is why we are happy to partner with TravelSmart to help spread the word,” said Acting Mayor Jonathan Cote. “The last weeks of summer are a good time to evaluate the costs of car ownership and give car sharing a try.”
The City’s sustainable transportation mandate intends to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on our roads in order to reduce traffic and improve air quality. In February of this year, Council passed a motion to develop a strategy and policy for increasing car sharing options in the city. The hope is that more residents will try car sharing as it becomes increasingly available.
To find out more about how car sharing works and for the location of the four new vehicles, go to www.modo.coop.
Pledge to take one less car trip per week at www.travelsmart.ca/newwest where you can also find tools and tips on how to get around more sustainably and save money.
Antonia Reynolds, Transport Demand Management Coordinator
City of New Westminster