Community Car Sharing with RelayRides

June 21, 2011

5:02 pm

Getting around can get expensive. Whether you’re shelling out for the expenses associated with car ownership or taking taxis, it really adds up. RelayRides is reinventing the way people get around by providing access to cars in your neighborhood, by the hour or by the day, without the hassle or expense of car ownership.

RelayRides is the world’s first neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing service that enables car owners to lend out their private vehicles to their neighbors. You provide the vehicle, and RelayRides provides the insurance and technology to make transactions safe, convenient and easy. Then, you start collecting payment–car owners can earn thousands of dollars per year by sharing their car when it would otherwise be idle. With RelayRides, that car sitting in your driveway can earn its keep!

If you need to borrow a car, RelayRides provides affordable, on-demand mobility. After joining RelayRides online and having your driving record approved, borrowers can begin searching for cars in their neighborhood by location, price, and other factors. With lots of vehicles around, a car is always just a short walk away. You can make a reservation online based upon available cars near you, and reserve a car for as little as an hour to as long as several days. Borrowing fees start at $5.00 per hour, and gas and insurance are included in the hourly rate.

RelayRides is doing something amazing in the transportation industry–they’re putting more people on the road without adding new cars to the equation. Fewer cars on the roads mean cleaner air and better communities for us all.

RelayRides currently operates in Boston and San Francisco. Visit their website to get started or to vote to bring RelayRides to your neck of the woods.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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