[from Joe Martin]
I wrote to Dan Tangherlini, Director of DC's Department of Transportation (DDOT), to support his plans to introduce Flex Car and Zip Car into areas outside of the downtown business and residential neighborhoods.
Let me note, I have no financial interest in these companies, just a desire to increase local transportation options.
Flex Car and Zip Car are car-sharing services that allow members to use cars for short periods of time. The cars are made easily available by having them parked throughout neighborhoods, usually in privately-owned spaces. A range of vehicles are available from pick-up trucks to Mini-Coopers to hybrid vehicles, SUVs and so on. Once you're a member, you find out where cars are parked, swipe your membership card at the car, and off you go.
I received an email from Ms. Samira Cook of DDOT asking me to suggest places for creating spaces for Flex and Zip Cars in Petworth. You can forward your own suggestions directly to Ms. Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org
I know people who live in downtown neighborhoods in various US cities, including friends in Shaw, Adams Morgan, Dupont and Logan Circle, who swear by this service. They are popular here in DC but to my knowledge Flex and Zip Cars are not available in our area.
These services make it easy to have access to a vehicle without the burdens and expense of car ownership. It's also less expensive than renting a vehicle for a full day from Hertz, Budget, etc. when one only needs a car for an errand, a trip to the suburbs, whatever.
ANC 4C09 Commissioner