Cars just too expensive for you?
Cabs and public transit beyond the pale?
I ran into a little scenario at the Yonge Street City Limits the other day which might be just the ticket.
First, I better explain what I mean by Yonge City Limits. It's where the northern end of Toronto used to be, at Yonge Boulevard, where Yonge Street plunges down into Hogg's Hollow, near the Miller Tavem (formerly the "Jolly Miller").
It's where the old Yonge Street street cars used to turn and loop back downtown. I grew up not far from there, and still remember the old trams...
Anyway, in the Loblaws Whole Food Store parking lot I spotted two cars, a Honda CIvic (shown) and a Mazda3 with "Zipcars" labels on them. Checking the web site (www.zipcar.com, yes, zipcar singular) it appears to be a system whereby you can rent cars as you need them, by the hour, the day or longer. It costs around $10 an hour or $65 a day, slightly more on weekends, with a $50 monthly commitment and an application fee. Gas and insurance is even covered.
When you apply you get a ZipCard which activates a digital unlocking device on the car. Drive it, return it where you got it, and Bob's your uncle.
There appear to be Zip Cars available in several North Ameican cities, and in the United Kingdom as well.
A similar system, AutoShare, is described at www.autoshare.com.
I haven't tried either yet, mainly because I live out of town.
Has anyone out there done so? If so, please let us all know.