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Sell your car, we dare you!
A Fond Farewell
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Don't have a Fit: 2 more cars on the way!

Look for two more Honda Fits and two new locations in early September!

 

 

These cars need names!
 
E-mail your Ithaca-themed suggestion to us and we'll give $15 in driving credit to the member who suggests a winning name!
 
New Locations: 
  • South Geneva @ McGraw House
  • Cornell - Campus Road @ Carpenter Hall 

What our members are saying...

"Carshare has been a great service for me as a college student in an unfamiliar city."  

 

 

"Ithaca Carshare made my life during my graduate studies in Ithaca so much easier. I used it mostly for grocery shopping or day trips and it certainly prevented me from having to buy a car. I especially liked how easy it was for me as an international student to sign up for Ithaca Carshare!."

 


carshare roller derby

Annual Meeting
Please join us for our 2012 Annual Meeting, Friday September 21, at
10:30 am, at our new office in the Dewitt Mall (215 N. Cayuga St.).

Enter from Seneca St., walk down the steps and turn right down the hallway behind Moosewood Restaurant. We're the last door on your right. Join us!

Upcoming events
 
Check out these great 
area events!

 

Sunday 9/16, afternoon

PorchFest An afternoon of music with your neighbors in Fall Creek. 

 

Friday 9/21, 10:30 am

Ithaca Carshare Annual Meeting Ithaca Carshare office, Dewitt Building, 215 N Cayuga.

 

Saturday 9/22, 7 pm

Roller Derby Ithaca's Blue Stockings vs. Chautauqua Babes of Wrath at the Cass Park Rink.

 

Sunday 9/23, 1-4 pm

Streets Alive!  Walk, bike, roll and dance your way from Court St. to Ithaca High School along N. Cayuga!


Ithaca Carshare is a supporter of Get Your Greenback Tompkins. Take a step today!

 
Streets Alive!
Closed to cars, open to people! 

  

Get Your Greenback Tompkins and Creating Healthy 
Places team up to host a celebration in the streets!  

 

September 23, 1:00-4:00pm  
North Cayuga Street
(Court Street to Ithaca High School) 

  

Cayuga Street will be transformed into a vibrant celebration of activity. Come out for dancing, walking, music, yoga, biking, and more, as the road will be closed to cars from Ithaca High School to Court Street.

Bike trailer and Carshare

Streets Alive! Ithaca is part of a global movement to encourage and celebrate active living and safe travel alternatives to the car.

  • Dancing in the Street led by Felipe from Finger Lakes Fitness
  • Free bike repair
  • Big Red Bikes bike sharing demonstration
  • Friends Bike Clinic bike try-outs
  • Bike Rodeo organized by Way2Go
  • FREE ice cream and carshare demonstration by Ithaca Carshare
  • TCAT bus and bike demo - practice putting your bike on and off a bus bike rack
  • Free raffle with prizes from local bike and sports shops, sponsored by Get Your GreenBack
  • Hula hooping, juggling, roller skating, Tai Chi, unicycling, and more! 
Volunteers still needed. Sign up here!
 
Invite your friends and family to the event on Facebook!

 

 
Sell your car, we dare you...
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Ask yourself, do you really need that second car?  Do you really even need that first car?
 
AAA and Consumer Reports agree - the answer could be worth $9000 a year

We're here again with a gentle nudge to answer those questions with a NO! Why pay for your car all of the time, when you can just pay for the times you actually need it? Use Ithaca Carshare for weekly grocery runs for a year, and your cost is probably under $1500.
 
Sell your car by October 15 and get an entire year It's My Car membership with Ithaca Carshare for FREE. Got a motivating story to go along with your choice to sell a car? There may be a free TCAT bus pass in it for you as well. 
 
Promotion details here.   Tell your friends!
 
 
Lieb leaves tracks
 
Outgoing Board President David Lieb
Jason Koski/Cornell University Photography
  
After five years leading the Ithaca Carshare Board of Directors, our Board President David Lieb has accepted the position of Director of Parking and Transportation Services for the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

In addition to his presence at board meetings and member and volunteer events, you may have seen David representing Ithaca Carshare at Ithaca League of Women Rollers bouts.

 

David has brought dedicated and creative leadership to our work since before we even knew we were creating a new organization back in 2005 and 2006. From the beginning there was no swerving in the way his experience, vision (including in the rear-view mirror), connections and leadership provided fuel to make this new transportation initiative a reality. His steady foot on the pedal has led Ithaca Carshare through double-digit fleet growth and into membership of over 1,300. At every turn, David has brightly signaled to colleagues at Cornell and beyond the importance of  that Ithaca Carshare in our city and campus communities.

 

Our staff and board are deflated to see him go, but wish David well in his new journey. Boulder is gaining a skillful driver of transportation demand management programs - and wecongratulate CU Boulder on their excellent choice.

 

Our elder sister organization eGo (formerly Boulder Carshare) will benefit as well from having such a strong ally of carsharing in a prominent local university position. eGo founder Karen Worminghaus helped with our founding in 2006, and we are certain David's contributions to sustainable and affordable transportation in Boulder will shine a headlight to their future continued success.


We are not hitting the brakes, however, and are excited to welcome Fernando de Aragón as our new Board Chair. David's presence (and puns) will be missed, though he has agreed to remain buckled in from afar as a member of our board. 

Sharing: A welcome resource in current economy 
 

  

Here's some info from a recent article in MarketWatch of the Wall Street Journal:

 

"New research in the Journal of Marketing published by the American Marketing Association suggests that sharing systems like Zipcar and cell phone minute pools may offer a welcome ownership alternative to cash-strapped consumers. 

 

Importantly, results show that consumers evaluate sharing options intelligently, taking into account factors that would change their sharing experience and savings. As a result, sharing offers hope for efficient resource use and enhanced well-being in challenging economic times."  Read the full article here

 

 
New Rewards Member: Three Hills Properties
Three Hills logo  
Are you looking for a new apartment for next semester? Do you own an electric vehicle and wish there was a charging station nearby? Our newest Rewards member, Three Hills Properties, we will be installing electric vehicle & plug-in hybrid vehicle charging stations at two of their properties. 

Three Hills Properties will waive the apartment application fee ($20) for Ithaca Carshare members.  Just show your keyfob or keycard when applying. 
 
Find other Ithaca Carshare Rewards businesses here.