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Streetcar – Pay as you go car rental

Written By: Gary on June 7, 2008 2 Comments

StreetcarSo at StreetCar you can rent a car by the hour. They’ve got 500 pickup locations (and I think this is just spots where parked on the side of the street). It’s about 5.95 pounds ($12 an hour) for a Golf (Polo for 3.95) an hour or 49.50 pounds a day (and you get 30 miles of fuel). You must be a member for 50 pounds a year (show your OysterCard and get two memberships for the price of one).

Assuming you don’t have a need for a car very often, this is economical and ecological: you don’t need to pay for a car or insurance or parking, except for the times you need it; it’s such a waste otherwise if you don’t use it often. You don’t need to maintain it or anything like that. If I lived somewhere like London I would only need it a time or two a week (at the most), maybe big shopping trips.

This is very cool IMHO, this is the idea of of Sci-Fi/Future Utopian stories. Every shares a car or bicycles and has great public transportation. This is very unlike Michigan with poor public transportation and everyone owns a car (or two).

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2 Responses to “Streetcar – Pay as you go car rental”

  1. stef says on: 8 June 2008 at 1:11 pm

    We have the same thing here in DC area. They’re called zipcars and you can pick them up from many metro line stops. You reserve them ahead of time and use your metro account to sign them out.
    stef

  2. Gary LaPointe says on: 19 June 2008 at 1:09 pm

    The ZipCar option that Stef mentions above is having a deal. Free one month membership and a public transportation pass. Check it out at :
    http://dealspl.us/Zipcar-Low-Car-Diet-Free-1yr-Membership_94646

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