Letters to the editor for Sept. 19, 2017

Car sharing services reduce road and parking gridlock

My response to the article “Why is Car2Go allowed to park overnight on my street?” from the Aug. 22 issue is that Car2Go should be allowed to park on our streets overnight because they are providing a valuable service – reducing parking and road gridlock.

I believe that Toronto City Council should allow Car2Go to purchase parking permits for our streets.

My reasoning is as follows: Upon us moving to Toronto and living in the East End for the past 13 years, my son’s family and my wife and I have shared one car between us, mostly for out of town trips.

When we both needed a car, one of us rented from a car rental company that is within walking distance of both of us. We finally ended that arrangement in June 2017 when the shared car became too expensive to repair. I immediately signed up with Car2Go using my iPad. We still obtain full-day rental cars from the company we have always used.

I read many years ago that every auto purchased, requires eight parking spaces – one at home, one at work, one at the mall, etc. Therefore, my son and I together have released up to 16 parking spaces. Car2Go’s literature says that each Car2Go vehicle represents 11 cars (people can use Car2Go as their second car).

I’m not shilling for Car2Go but they represent one step away from Uber ride sharing service. You can use your smartphone (or the older magnetic card) to open one and drive away. A map on your smartphone or iPad shows where they are parked in your neighbourhood.

A further step away in a few years will be “self-driving” taxi services. It is hoped that these developments will discourage the purchase and use of many private autos on our streets and be a source of reduced road and parking gridlock (along with new TTC transit, separated bicycle lanes and safer sidewalks for walking.)

Therefore, for these reasons I am in favour of Car2Go being allowed to park on our streets.

Murray Lumley

Keep it up

There were two excellent examples of community journalism in your Sept. 5 issue. The cover story by Anna Killen told how the S.H. Armstrong pool has been kept alive through community efforts in our neighbourhood around the Ashbridge estate. The other by Stephen Wickens on the Woodbine bike lanes was the most insightful piece I have read on this topic.

Keep it up!

Robert Miller

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