A car sharing service run by Daimler and featuring Smart Cars is looking at expanding into the Columbus market. The service, called Car2Go, currently operates in 20 cities worldwide, but only seven in the US: Austin, Denver, Portland, Washington DC, Miami, San Diego and Seattle.
Representatives of Car2Go have made presentations to several neighborhood groups to introduce the concept and make their pitch for why it would be a good fit for Columbus.
Spokesperson Katie Stafford says that the response from the meetings – which have targeted neighborhoods close to Downtown – has been positive.
“We have been encouraged by the initial interest that we have received from the community in Columbus,” she stated. “We believe it would be a great fit for Car2Go.”
Erin Miller, Environmental Steward at the City of Columbus, says that the feedback the city has received so far from neighborhood representatives has been positive as well, but they will continue to seek public input until June 1st. At that time, the city will decide whether or not to recommend changes to the code that would grant a blanket parking permit for Car2Go cars.
When asked whether she thought Columbus would be a good fit for the service, Miller stressed that she was not the one to make the decision; that would be up to the community and our elected officials on their behalf. Though She added that the service would make it easier for Columbus residents to go car-less.
“Anything we can do to reduce the reliance on vehicles is a positive thing,” said Miller. “We are starved for transportation options in Columbus and I think this service could allow people to reduce the amount of vehicles they own and allow companies to reduce their pool vehicle fleets.”
More information about Car2Go is available at www.car2go.com.
Photos provided by Car2Go.