News from Paul Eagle
Newtown residents will soon benefit from a new car sharing service, after years of planning and negotiations between local residents and Wellington City Council.
Resident Liz Springford and Southern Ward City Councillor Paul Eagle say the service will be operated by Cityhop and should be up and running by the end of October.
“This is the culmination of years of hard work and will now give people real choices about how they move round our city,” Ms Springford said.
“I’m especially grateful for the ongoing support of our local councillor who worked with us to make this a reality,” she said.
Councillor Paul Eagle said he was excited to be part of such an innovative project that would make a positive difference for Newtown residents. “This means the diverse communities of South Wellington can now use a car when they need to, without the costs that go with car ownership,” he said.
Under the scheme, the Council will provide a car parking space in the Wilson Street shopper’s car park, for a vehicle provided by Cityhop.
To use the car, residents become a member of the Cityhop car club to get an access card for keyless entry to the car. Users then make bookings online and pick the car up from the car park. There is also a Cityhop park available in the basement of the Wellington Central Library and the Taranaki Street Wilson car park.
Cityhop co-founder Victoria Carter said, “It’s great that the Council is supporting car sharing. Our experience to date tells us that those who choose not to own a car tend to shop locally which means more money is spent locally. This is great for local businesses.”
“It also encourages people to think about owning one car less which means fewer cars on the road, less congestion, and less need for more roads and parking infrastructure. There are so many benefits for everyone.”