Washington, D.C. – Eighteen car-sharing organizations from around the world, including five from Canada, have formed an association to set the ethical, social and environmental bar for the car-sharing industry. The new CarSharing Association (CSA) focuses on responsibility, education, research and ethical practices.

The goals of the car-sharing organizations in CSA include reducing the number of cars on the road, relieving congestion, and increasing transportation options. Unlike “cars on demand” services, member car-sharing organizations are transit-oriented, encouraging car-sharing as part of a network of choices that includes walking, cycling and transit.

“We view our car-sharing programs as a form of transit, getting people to the last leg of their destination,” said Sharon Feigon, CEO of Chicago-based I-GO Car Sharing. “Members of the association provide an important public service that enhances mobility options while creating sustainable communities.”

Unlike traditional car rentals, car-sharers use vehicles by the hour at a cost that includes gas, insurance, parking and maintenance. The CSA encourages closer integration of shared services among member organizations, including roaming memberships, supporting sustainable transportation and facilitating research.

The Canadian founding organizations include Toronto’s Autoshare, Vancouver’s The Car Co-op, Halifax’s CarShare HFX, Quebec’s Communauto, and Ottawa’s VRTUCAR.

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