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The Whistler Car Sharing pilot program, administered by the Co-operative Auto Network (CAN), is supported locally by AWARE, the RMOW and the WHA. For a one-time registration fee of $25, plus a low monthly fee of $5 to $35, members have joint access to one of two cars parked strategically in Whistler, as well as every other car, truck or minivan in the CAN network; that is 83 other vehicles in the Lower Mainland, Tofino, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Cortez Island, and to 6 in the Victoria Car Share Co-op. Members pay $1.75 per hour to a maximum $21 a day, and a low (17 to 37 cents) kilometre rate. You don’t pay extra for gas. With no car insurance and car repair costs, it’s cheaper than leasing or buying, especially given today’s gas prices. Ask any of the 18 local members. We’ll be adding vehicles as membership grows.

Mayor O’Reilly was the first to register in Whistler and has been talking enthusiastically about it ever since, so we can confidently state car sharing is cost-effective and convenient and hybrids are fun to drive and perform well on Highway 99. The other vehicle is the highly rated Ford Focus, not a hybrid, but good on gas.

Council is supportive of CAN, a measure to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, thereby reducing congestion, the need for costly road expansion, and harmful emissions. Car sharing joins the resort community’s other transportation demand management initiatives: the Jack Bell Foundation carpooling; WAVE transit; (with the new Rainbow Express service to Rainbow Park – try it!); Employee Bus Passes; the Valley Trail; end-of-trip facilities (coming to the new library facility); free rentals of bike carts at Nesters; and the annual Commuter Challenge (in September, watch for it!).

For more information on CAN, visit cooperativeauto.net or call 1-877-CAN-CARS. For local information on car sharing and everything else transportation, contact Emma Dal Santo at municipal hall at 604-935-8197 or edalsanto@whistler.ca.

Oh, and for the record, the mayor has led the previous Canada Day parades on foot.

Diana Waltmann

Information Officer

Resort Municipality of Whistler

Last Sunday, my brother and I while riding our mountain bikes in the vicinity of the Hurley Pass area north of Pemberton, ran into a couple of other amigos (Guillermo Bright and Paul Fournier) whom we enjoyed the view with before one of the greater descents one can do on a mountain bike around here.

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