CSA publishes draft Liability Insurance Guideline for carsharing operators

Author: Alan Woodland

Today the CarSharing Association released a draft liability insurance guideline for round-trip carsharing operators in the United States. This guideline has been developed to protect consumers of carsharing services and strengthen the carsharing industry’s reputation for providing a safe and practical alternative to private car ownership. The CSA encourages carsharing organizations to communicate to the consumer the risks of using carsharing services and the available insurance coverages that reduces risk using clear language.

The CSA recommends carsharing organizations provide liability insurance coverage with a minimum of $300,000 per incident for their member-drivers. Many CSA member organizations exceed this standard and insure their member-drivers for $1 million per incident. Carsharing operators should be transparent and publish the limits of the liability insurance on their website. Member-drivers should know how much coverage is available in the event of a crash.

Read more at http://carsharing.org/2013/11/csa-publishes-draft-liability-insurance-guideline-for-carsharing-operators.


Bicycle Sharing Launched in Pasig City

Residents of Pasig will soon be pedaling dragonflies around the city. Tutubi (or dragonfly) is a metaphor for the way people will fly around the city on the proposed future city-wide bicycle sharing network. Bicycle sharing is a network of stations where a person can pick up a bicycle at one station, use it and drop it off at any other station in the network. It is a system that allows the public short-term access to bicycles as a transportation option for practically free.

The Tutubi bike-sharing system is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a demonstration project launched by the Asian Development Bank, funded by the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) and managed by Clean Air Asia. The demonstration project was introduced by Mayor Maribel Eusebio in Pasig City today during the flag-raising ceremony. “We are thankful to the ADB and the Japanese government for selecting our city as a pilot area because this project will complement our different non-motorized transport initiatives such as our Bike to Work Loan Program for city hall and barangay employees,” says Mayor Eusebio who is also an avid cyclist.

The demonstration project in Pasig City will start with one station. The station has a terminal which resembles an ATM and 10 bicycles with docks that secures them when they are not in use. The station will be placed at the Pasig City Hall and be accessed by a card system available initially to city hall employees.

Read the full story at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/12100.


Communauto launches Auto-mobile : First 100% electric one-way carsharing pilot project in Canada

Today, Communauto inaugurated on Le Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, the first 100% electric one-way carsharing service in Canada. As of today, some twenty vehicles will be available to citizens for trips from a point A to a point B, by simply passing an OPUS card previously registered in the Auto-mobile system.

The aim of the pilot project is to evaluate the benefits and impacts of such a service.

“The public consultation held on June 11th, about one-way carsharing, confirms the need to better document the effects this service will have on citizen’s mobility and on other transportation services, while taking into account Montreal realities. We believe such a system should be positioned as to complement the existing service offer for short trips rather than placing it in competition with other sustainable transportation actors such as taxis, the STM, BIXI and carsharing with reservation,” said Benoît Robert, CEO of Communauto.

“Le Plateau-Mont-Royal is delighted Communauto has chosen the borough for its pilot project. We have no doubt that this new service will be enthusiastically received by our residents, already exemplary in their transportation choices, at an unparalleled degree in the country. The use of a car is essential at times and Auto-mobile, in addition to traditional carsharing, offers maximum benefits with minimal disruptions for its users and for the society. For its part, the borough has commissioned a universal parking permit to minimize the constraints relative to parking the cars near the user’s destination,” added Luc Ferrandez, mayor of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.

“We want to know the effects of such a project on Montrealers’ travel habits. The environmental gains could be very significant on our greenhouse gas effects and air contaminants, if this service replaces gas-powered vehicle trips. As well as the use of urban space, if users get rid of their second car,” says Daniel Bouchard, head of campaigns at the Conseil régional de l’environnement of Montreal.

Research is supported by various partners including researchers of the Mobilité Chair who will conduct surveys with the users and Taxi Diamond, the biggest provider of service for taxi allocation that will provide its point of view and data relative to taxi use. The Conseil régional de l’environnement also supports Communauto in this process. The embedded technology and software are provided by VU LOG CarSharing, a French SME.

For more information, see http://www.communauto.com/auto-mobile.


Seattle Transportation Committee Approves Car2Go Expansion

Author: Zach Shaner

On Tuesday the Seattle City Council Transportation Committee (Rasmussen, Harrell, Godden) approved Car2Go’s request for expansion. In his testimony to the council, Car2Go’s Walter Rosencranz specifically cited the influence of social media and ‘local blogs’ in making requests to expand the service area. In its first 90 days, Car2Go has enrolled 18,000 Seattle members, triple the number typically seen in other cities during that time.

The proposed new home area is exciting and sensible.

Read the full story at http://seattletransitblog.com/2013/03/13/transportation-committee-approves-car2go-expansion/.


To avoid the cops, SideCar making all SXSW rides free

Author: Daniel Terdiman

Last week, the Austin City Council ruled that services built around drivers charging riders a fee without the appropriate license were illegal and constituted a crime. That meant that SideCar drivers, who are expected to be prowling the streets of the Texas capital during SXSW this week, risked getting arrested.

SideCar is built around letting drivers who have extra seats in their cars make a little money by picking up riders, who use the company’s app to call for a lift. The service is similar to that available in a number of cities, like Lyft.

Today, SideCar announced that in an attempt to keep its drivers from risking being charged with a crime, it was making all rides free during SXSW.

That decision was, the company said, merely a stop-gap, since it doesn’t consider its service illegal.

Read the full story at http://news.cnet.com/8301-14013_3-57573167/to-avoid-the-cops-sidecar-making-all-sxsw-rides-free.


University of Michigan launches bike rental program on campus

Author: Dana Budzaj

A new, two-wheel “green” alternative is available for pedestrians commuting around campus this fall with the launch of the university’s bicycle rental program, Blue Bikes.

Thirty blue bicycles, featuring a “blue bike” decal, are available to students, faculty and staff for daily, weekend and semester rentals. Rates begin at $5 for a daily rental, $11 for the weekend and $75 for the semester. The bikes are available at two campus locations: Outdoor Adventures and the North Campus Recreational Building.

Operated by Outdoor Adventures within Recreational Sports, the program was developed in collaboration with Parking & Transportation Services, the Office of Campus Sustainability and the University Planner’s Office.

Read the full story at http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/120912/bikes.