Thank You Sponsors!

As 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to thank our amazing sponsors. Our sponsors put their money where their community is by sponsoring our carshare program, and exposing their organizations to our members and the surrounding community. We have been proud to partner with each of these locally based organizations and true leaders in their industries.

Thank you!

Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the continued preservation and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. DBI works to maintain downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure. DBI members support the overall vitality of downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors. Membership in DBI is voluntary, and open to any interested person or organization.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, located just outside of Winter Park,  is a highly regarded and environmentally friendly year-round Ranch resort and spa offering rustically upscale accommodations, fine dining and an array of winter and summer outdoor and wilderness recreation activities. Make your reservation for Devil’s Thumb Ranch today and come experience what everyone is raving about!

Namasté Solar a Sunpower Elite Dealer, offers solar PV solutions for residential and commercial customers. Flexible financing options are available, including no money down and 12 months no payments, no interest. Namasté Solar’s unique, values-based business model includes employee ownership, democratic decision-making, community collaboration, open communication, an innovative solar grant program, zero-waste initiatives, and holistic profit measurement. Committed to positive social change, Namasté Solar prioritizes “doing the right thing” above all else for all stakeholders.

Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc., has been passionate about baking better breads for families for more than 35 years. Founded and headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Rudi’s Organic Bakery is the only nationally available brand offering a full line of nutritious and delicious, certified organic breads and baked goods. Rudi’s Organic is committed to baking breads using only the best organic ingredients and no artificial additives, preservatives and GMOs. In 2010, they created Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, a line of gluten-free breads and baked goods made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients so that each bite tastes like the real thing. Rudi’s Organic and Rudi’s Gluten-Free products are available nationally at natural foods stores and select mainstream supermarkets.

The W. W. Reynolds Companies, Inc., is a commercial real estate development, leasing and professional property management firm located in downtown Boulder that currently owns, manages and leases over 3 million square feet of commercial office, retail and industrial property along the Colorado front range. Committed to growth through responsible development and sustainable practices, W. W. Reynolds is proud to be a sponsor of eGo CarShare!  For leasing information, please contact Chad Henry or Nate Litsey at 303.442.8687.

Find our how you can be a sponsor or partner with eGo CarShare today!  Contact: Karen Worminghaus at karen@carshare.org or 303-720-1185 x 5.

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Colorado Gives Day – A HUGE Success!!

Colorado Gives Day was a huge success! Thanks to the generosity of many, we raised, $4,510! We are truly inspired and grateful for this investment in and commitment to our community. These funds will be put to work supporting our 2015 Affordable Housing Transportation Toolkit program by supporting the Neighborhood Eco (NECO) Pass component of the program.

To exemplify what a tremendous impact our Affordable Housing Transportation Toolkit can have, check out this email we received from a Westview resident!

This is a beautiful gift! Thank you so much for making it possible. Last month my car broke down and I was able to get to work and my children were ale to catch teh bus to school and this gift made it possible and simplte to adjust.“-Westview resident & NECO pass recipient.

The matching funds raised yesterday were enough to get 2015 NECO passes for:

  • 121 Broadway East-West residents
  • 30 Westview residents

That is 151 low-income residents who will be able to ride RTD all year long!

We are still working to raise the matching funds needed to renew the 2015 NECO Pass contracts for:

  • 82 Red Oak Park residents
  • 156 Mariposa residents
  • 25 Globeville residents

If you know of an individual or business that might be interested in helping with this on-going fundraising effort please let us know, ecopass@carshare.org, or share this post with them. Donations can still be made throughout the year via the Colorado Gives website, but the sooner we can renew the NECO pass contracts for these neighborhoods so that residents do not have a lapse in coverage.

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Give the Gift of Transportation this Holiday Season!

Do you have an Eco Pass? Do you appreciate and value the freedom and mobility it provides for you? If so, please consider giving the gift of transportation to a local, low-income family this holiday season. Schedule your donation TODAY!

Did you know transportation is the second largest expense, after housing, for most people? Even in car-free households, families spend a large portion of their income getting around. Sometimes this cost makes it nearly impossible to access a job or to attend a child’s school play. As we looked around our community we saw amazing organizations making big impacts addressing people’s housing needs, and realized that we could help with people’s transportation needs. So we applied and were awarded a grant through the Denver Regional Council of Governments to offer a ‘Transportation Toolkit” to residents living in specific Boulder Housing Partners, Denver Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity homes in Boulder and Denver. This toolkit includes deep subsidies for annual RTD transit passes (primarily through the Neighborhood Eco pass program), access and discounts to eGo CarShare, and free or subsidized B-cycle memberships. This grant requires a 17% local match however. We were grateful to receive matching funding from Mile High Connects and The Denver Foundation in 2014, but for 2015 we will need your help!

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“To have the NECO pass is a massive blessing as it assures I will always have transportation for getting food, medical help etc.  Additionally it saves a tremendous amount of money that I can now use for basic living needs that I would not have had otherwise.  It is just a tremendous blessing.”  – Noel Taylor senior living in Tapiz at the Mariposa Development

This holiday season please consider sponsoring an annual transit pass for one of your neighbors! Below you will see the primary neighborhoods we are working in and how much eGo needs to meet the 17% match. Colorado Gives Day is Thursday, December 9th and we are asking that you make a contribution on this day. When donating enter in one of the amounts below (or another amount of your choosing) and specify which neighborhood (or specific resident) you would like it go towards in the comment section. Easy!

You can schedule your donation TODAY so you don’t have to worry about remembering to do it on December 9th.

Affordable Housing Neighborhood       Match Needed per Annual Pass
Number of Passes Needed
Mariposa – Denver $215 156
Globeville – Denver $248 25
Red Oak Park – Boulder $80 82
Westview – Boulder $30 32
Broadway East West – Boulder $30 150

A little about Colorado Gives Day: For the fifth year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. This year, because of a new $1 Million Incentive Fund, every dollar you donate will be increased proportionally. That means if a nonprofit organization receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, that same nonprofit will receive 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund!

See our website for more information about our Affordable Housing Transportation Toolkit program.

 

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Denver Enterprise CarShare Members Join eGo for Free!

Hello Denver Occasional Car and Enterprise CarShare members,

Are you feeling unappreciated and frustrated with rate increases and policy changes?

We invite you to experience the excellent local Member Services staff our members rave about! We’re a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so you can rest assured that serving you and our community are our highest priorities. Plus, as a member of eGo CarShare, you can feel even better knowing that you’re helping support worthy programs in the Denver-Boulder community such as our innovative affordable housing multi-modal toolkit program!We recognize and appreciate the interest many Denver residents have in supporting our local economy and businesses. In celebration of this spirit, we are offering FREE memberships to existing Occasional Car/Enterprise members who wish to remain members of a local carshare organization. To get your free membership, simply enter promo code “OCLocal” on your application form – you can even keep your keyfob! As an added bonus, if you join by Oct 31, 2014, we’ll put you on our lowest-priced Free Wheelin’ rate plan and waive the monthly fee until March 31, 2015. (Must supply OC keyfob number to be eligible for this deal.)

Accelerate Your Freedom…from the corporate, for-profit world. Join eGo CarShare! 

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Frasier Meadow’s Classic Car Show

This weekend I had the opportunity to represent eGo CarShare at a car show at the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder. It was a great event since people from the community were invited to bring their vintage cars over for display. Many of the cars on display were Model A Fords which were produced in the 1930s. There was also a vintage Pontiac as well as a Chevy Truck. It was refreshing to see all these colorful classics since it added some variety to the mundane designs we see around us today.

Among these classics stood a vehicle of the modern era – The All-Electric Nissan Leaf. I was asked to take the Leaf over for the car show as part of eGo CarShare’s contribution towards the event. It was amazing to see the 2012 Nissan Leaf parked next to a 1930’s Model A Ford. This image depicted the brilliant advancement of technology over the last century.

It was my first time driving an electric vehicle. It was an awesome experience since the car was so quiet and had a great pickup. Getting a range of 80-100 miles on a single charge also seemed very cool, especially for city purposes. Picking it up and returning it to its charging station at Alfalfas was also very straightforward. After dropping it off at Alfalfas, I kept thinking to myself, once you drive an electric vehicle, you don’t want to drive anything else!

– Akshay Gavai

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Occasional Car Sells to Enterprise

Today it was announced that Occasional Car was bought by Enterprise Holdings. This leaves eGo CarShare as the sole local carshare provider in the Denver – Boulder metro area. It has been exciting to see the continued growth of carsharing as a segment of our transportation system in the Denver region and eGo CarShare is proud to be the first in the region to offer this service.

eGo began over 13 years ago, in Boulder, as a grassroots effort to reduce our carbon footprint, while offering an alternative to personal car ownership. With the assumption that if you have a car parked in your driveway, you will drive it, eGo CarShare pioneered carsharing in Colorado as a means to provide access to transportation while encouraging walking, biking or transit first.

In 2009, eGo accelerated its growth by launching in Denver around the same time  as Occasional Car. eGo CarShare and Occasional Car were the sole carshare providers in Denver until 2012 when Enterprise CarShare (previously branded as WeCar) came to the University of Denver campus. During the summer of 2013 other international short-term car rental companies including Zipcar (Avis), car2go and Hertz 24/7 (formerly Hertz On Demand), all came to the Denver market when Denver Public Works approved an on-street parking permit program.

As our transportation system expands and options diversify, eGo CarShare will continue to fulfill our mission to provide and promote alternatives to personal car ownership, thereby reducing the environmental and social impacts associated with motor vehicle use. We are committed to remaining an independent local organization and to providing the lowest carsharing rates possible.

eGo CarShare is the only carshare provider in the Denver-Boulder metro area that has agreed to follow the CarSharing Association’s Code of Ethics. The CarSharing Association works to maximize the environmental and social impact of the carsharing industry. Member-organizations are committed to providing sustainable, transit-oriented urban mobility for the benefit of the communities that they serve.

eGo CarShare is also a proud member of the Mile High Business Alliance. We recognize and appreciate the interest many Denver residents have in supporting our local economy and businesses. In celebration of this spirit we are offering FREE memberships to existing Occasional Car members who wish to remain members of a local carshare organization. To get your free membership simply enter promo code “OCLocal” on your application form, you can even keep your keyfob!

Thank you for sharing with us!

– eGo CarShare

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New Denver Location – 8th & Grant!

Thanks to another “loanation” we have a new location in Denver on 8th and Grant. Our new friend Katie added her Mazda 3 to our fleet. Thanks Katie! You can find it in the parking lot of Sleek Apartments at 770 Grant Street. This is our first loanation in Denver, and hope it won’t be our last. If you are interested in sharing your car with us, please read through the criteria and complete the form on our website.

Look for a testimonial from Katie in the coming weeks where she explains why she decided to share her car with eGo.

Please let us know what you think about this new location on our facebook, twitter, or through member feedback.

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Winter Weather Reservations!

As the temperatures fall and snow flakes swirl, we’re reminded that winter is once again upon us! During these snowy times, be sure to use extra caution on the roadways to keep everyone safe from harm and our vehicles in good condition.

Please keep the following in mind for all your winter reservations:

  • There are no penalties for canceling your reservation (or returning early) due to severe inclement weather if you notify eGo at the time of the cancellation.
  • If there is a large snowfall or severe weather, eGo staff may enact a ‘Snow Day,’ which means that staff will contact members with scheduled reservations and remind them of our weather-related cancellation policy, and/or disallow members to continue with their reservations if we deem the road conditions too hazardous.
  • Before starting your trip, brush all snow off the roof of your vehicle, particularly the Priuses. Snow left on the roof can suddenly slide forward onto the windshield, completely blocking your view and creating a very dangerous situation.
  • Please use the blankets in the cars when transporting bikes and other dirty items. Help keep our vehicles clean by notifying us when they get particularly dirty inside or out. And thanks for understanding, as it’s harder for us to keep the fleet as clean during the winter months!
Look for snow tires on these vehicles:

Boulder Cars: V #104 – Wells Fargo (AWD)*, V #108 – Maxwell & Broadway, V #118 – Gold Run (AWD)*, V #126 – Newton Court minivan

Denver Cars: V #202 – 17th St. Plaza, V #212 – 15th & Curtis (AWD)*, V #221 – 14th & High (AWD)*

*These AWD excursion vehicles also have ski racks on them!

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Namastè Solar Sponsors eGo CarShare

We would like to send a BIG thank you to Namasté Solar for their generous support of our program. Look for our red Prius at Table Mesa and Broadway, now happily sporting the Namasté logo!

Namasté Solar, a Sunpower Elite Dealer, is proud to sponsor the eGo CarShare program in our community. Namasté Solar offers solar PV solutions for residential and commercial customers. Flexible financing options are available, including no money down and 12 months no payments, no interest.

Namasté Solar’s unique, values-based business model includes employee ownership, democratic decision-making, community collaboration, open communication, an innovative solar grant program, zero-waste initiatives, and holistic profit measurement. The company maintains high ethical standards among employees, customers, and the community. Committed to positive social change, Namasté Solar prioritizes “doing the right thing” above all else for all stakeholders. To set up a free consultation, contact (303) 447-0300 or Namastesolar.com.

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Please contact karen@carshare.org if your business or employer is interested in becoming our next featured sponsor! We still have a few matching opportunites left for our current CMAQ grant.

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Sponsor: Downtown Boulder Inc!

eGo CarShare would like to thank Downtown Boulder Incorporated (DBI) for their generous support of our program. We currently have a federal grant which is allowing us to create “Shared Mobility Hubs” by placing additional carshare locations in close proximity to B-cycle stations. This grant requires us to raise $5K in matching funds for every new car we add to our fleet. DBI’s contribution will allow us to help meet the growing demand for our program!

In exchange for their generous support, all DBI members are eligible for a free eGo business membership. You can see DBI’s branding as it rolls around town on our newly loanated Subaru Outback in the Wells Fargo lot (V#104)!

About: Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the continued preservation and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. DBI works to maintain downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure. DBI members support the overall vitality of downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors. Membership in DBI is voluntary, and open to any interested person or organization. Learn more about DBI and/or become a member at, www.boulderdowntown.com.

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New Denver Location – 14th & High!

Thanks to a new partnership with First Divine Science Church of Denver, we have a new parking space just north of Cheesman Park! This location is a great “buddy” car to our Capitol Hill and City Park locations, for members who have had to hike a little farther to get to a vehicle. You will find V #221 in the parking lot just north of the church (14th St.) on High Street, in the signed parking space right next to the sidewalk.

We are excited to give this new location a try. Please let us know what you think of it on Facebook or twitter!

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Colorado Gives Day!

Please Donate to eGo on Colorado Gives Day – Today, December 10th!

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Today, December 10th, is Colorado Gives Day! Please consider donating to your favorite local, nonprofit, transit-oriented carshare organization, eGo CarShare! Each dollar we raise today will help eGo with our new Multi-Mobility project. Starting in January 2014, eGo will be creating transit, bike and carshare packages in various affordable housing neighborhoods. These programs will be subsidized by grant funding we have received through the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Our grant requires a 17% match, so we could really use your donations to make this program a success. 100% of your donation today will go straight to us.

Please give today, Tuesday, December 10th! Together we can make a difference in our community!

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Rudi’s Organic Bakery – New eGo Sponsor!

Rudi’s Organic Bakery Sponsors eGo

rudis-logo 2We are excited to announce another new community partner and sponsor this month. Rudi’s Organic Bakery is now the proud sponsor of our Prius at Lucky’s Market in Boulder! We are grateful to Rudi’s for their support of our program, and we also think they make the best bread in town!

Rudi’s has been passionate about baking better breads for families for more than 35 years. Founded and headquartered in Boulder, CO, Rudi’s Organic Bakery is the only nationally available brand offering a full line of nutritious and delicious certified organic breads and baked goods that use only the best organic ingredients and no artificial additives, preservatives, or GMOs. Rudi’s Organic and Rudi’s Gluten-Free products are available nationally at natural foods stores and select mainstream supermarkets. For more information, visit rudisbakery.com.

Please contact karen@carshare.org if your business or employer is interested in becoming our next featured sponsor!

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Drive Safe Tip: Blind Spots

Vehicle Blind spotsThis is one of those safety precautions that takes next to zero effort to carry out, but that almost no one knows about. Blind spots can actually be put into full view of your side mirrors, provided that these mirrors are adjusted to contain no part of your own car. Just angle them away from you until the point where your car is no longer visible in either one. That way there’s no overlap between the side mirrors and the rearview mirror, and any car passing you on either side will remain in at least one of your mirrors until it enters your field of vision. Astounding!

For more ingenious driving tips and tricks click here!
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Denver’s new on-street parking signs are up!

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At the end of July, Denver Public Works added 30+ new parking spaces to downtown by finding space at the ends of streets, shifting metered parking, and coming up with other creative ways to accommodate, dedicated, on-street parking spaces for carshare vehicles. Operators were given the opportunity to request these spaces and pay a yearly permit fee to offset lost meter revenue, making the program revenue-neutral for the City. Outside of the downtown area, operators can request parking locations on a sliding permit scale depending on location and whether the space is metered, such as eGo’s newly dedicated space on 32nd (left).

Thanks to all these changes, you will be seeing a lot more carsharing happening in the Mile High City!

Read the Public Works Press Release
CBS 4 local coverage

 

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