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Written by Brian Grover   
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 08:22
BC Car-Free provides enough information to keep you tramping, splashing, clomping and whizzing about the province for several years at least. Public transportation however is still in its infancy in BC and many more outdoor delights cannot be readily reached without a car. In Vancouver there exists a middle ground between outright car ownership and high-priced car rentals. The Co-operative Auto Network was formed to empower members to make a positive environmental choice without sacrificing mobility. Based on a European model, CAN is a car sharing co-op. Much like in a credit union, members purchase shares in the co-op and have access to dozens of cars strategically placed around the lower mainland.

Just like a rental car company, but cheaper, members can call, book a car, truck or minivan then go pick it up. Depending on where you reside, the nearest car may be just a block or two away. Vancouver's West End and Kitsilano areas in particular are well-covered. CAN also has vehicles in Nanaimo and Tofino on Vancouver Island and members can access vehicles belonging to a similar co-op in Victoria.

The Co-operative Auto Network is located at #209-470 Granville Street in Vancouver. Call for details at (604) 685-1393. Find them online here.

A new commercial car-sharing consortium has also entered the Vancouver market. Check out this viable alternative to car rentals: Zipcar

 

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0 #2 RE: Car SharingBrian Grover 2014-06-26 20:05
Thanks for the update, RoadWarriorChic k!
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0 #1 RE: Car SharingRoadWarriorChick 2014-06-26 17:44
Thanks for all the tidbits on your stie. The Co-operative auto network is now called Modo - and funny enough the link above is perfectly up-to-date.
While in Vancouver this group is also worthwhile checking out for one way trips. https://www.car2go.com/en/vancouver/
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