Car Sharing / Rental
Carsharing means having a car when you need it, without the hassle and expense of owning one yourself. If you don't need a car every day for work, carsharing can be a great way to have a reliable part-time car and save thousands of dollars a year.
People who carshare instead of owning their own vehicle also tend to drive less, and walk, bicycle, bus and share rides more often. This can lead to less traffic and pollution, and better health.
You can set up a do-it-yourself carshare, or join local nonprofit Ithaca Carshare. Members of Ithaca Carshare can reserve and use any of their cars-and a truck-located around town, paying by the hour and mile. As more people join Ithaca Carshare, more cars can be added to new locations, extending the carshare option to more people.
Ithaca Carshare can be found at ithacacarshare.org, or reached at (607) 277-3210, PO Box 418, Ithaca, NY 14850.
For a great story about a do-it-yourself truck-sharing arrangement among five families, see this interesting blog.