Car share starting in Central Saanich

Car share program initially linked to new development.

While not facing traffic like this

For the first time on the Saanich Peninsula, car sharing is starting up and it’s a first for Central Saanich in welcoming the sharing economy.

A recent motion passed at a Central Saanich council meeting will see Developer Grant Rogers of Marker Group partnering with a car share organization to provide a membership for each owner of the four live/work units he is proposing as part of his West Saanich Road Development. That site was once home to the church in the heart of Brentwood Bay. The motion also saw the membership be tied to the unit title.

“So that means when they sell a unit, (car sharing) goes with it. A new person that buys it automatically becomes a member,” said Central Saanich Councillor Zeb King.

He said although it’s only a few units, it’s a good start.

Central Saanich resident Celeste Zimmer is also happy at council’s outcome.

“It would be great to see more of this not just in Central Saanich but all over B.C. and I think it’s just such a great message for people realizing that they don’t need the convenience of having a car every single day,” she said, adding that they should have more of a sharing economy.

Zimmer said she’s known about the initiative for a while as she has friends who use car sharing in Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary. She doesn’t use her car very often, as she bikes and buses around instead.

“So that would definitely be something that I would be leaning towards,” she said.

King will be heading out to a workshop in Vancouver about the sharing economy, which includes the likes of Uber, Modo, and Airbnb.

King said when you’re a member of Modo, you’re a member of all the vehicles in Vancouver and Victoria.

“There’s one parked at Swartz Bay and one at the Tsawwassen side, so you could technically not have to bring a car over, you could just book it on your phone and then catch the ferry and jump in…” he said, adding that he’s hoping to get that moving on the Peninsula.

He’s requested that Modo do a presentation in the next little while to talk about what they do.

“I mentioned to them that I think Central Saanich or Brentwood is ideal because somebody who wants to go to the Mill Bay ferry and go over to that end… they can catch the ferry…”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Saanich submits ALR exclusion despite large opposition

Opposed North Saanich residents now shift their attention to ALC after 6-1 council vote

Saanich calls for applicants to join Housing Strategy task force

Council to appoint ‘diverse group’ to tackle housing challenges

Court strikes down Sidney’s denial of proposed cannabis store

Justice Jennifer Power orders municipality to reconsider application and pay court costs

VicPD seeking witnesses for fatal crash on Hillside Avenue

A pedestrian was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where she later died

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 13

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

Feds fund safe drug supply pilot program for Cowichan

The opioid overdose crisis continues to be one of the most serious public health crises

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

Most Read