Austin on Two Wheels is pleased to announce Austin CarShare as our latest site sponsor. If you read this site much, you know I’m not much of a fan of automotive culture and its negative effects on our society. So why Austin CarShare? Well, aside from the fact that I founded this organization and it’s near and dear to my heart, carsharing is a great way to maintain access to a car when you really need one while reducing general car use and all the enormous monthly expenses associated with car ownership.
There has been a lot of hub-bub lately surrounding another for-profit carsharing scheme, but Austin CarShare is your local, non-profit carsharing service that’s been around since 2006 and offers a lot more than 2 seater cars. The fact that they have a pickup truck is reason enough to join. Plus they’re less expensive ($5/hr & 55¢/mile), and now that they’ve gotten rid of the old security deposit, it’s super cheap to join.
If you use a bike to commute or just generally get around, Austin CarShare can be a great option when you need to get to an across town meeting or pick up a week’s worth of groceries. They’ve got a really easy to use reservation system which also means the car you reserve will be there when your ready to pick it up.
If you’re not a member of Austin CarShare, check it out. We’re thrilled to have their support.