Why cyclists are stoked about Evo's expansion to North Van and Burnaby
“It opens up the opportunity for adventure in our lives — hiking and biking,” she says happily. “It’s something to have in your tool kit that’s right there. It makes my life easier.”
“And, I’ve already used it three times so far within North Van, just heading home from the hair salon and to the night market, and once in Vancouver in between appointments,” she says. “It was fabulous.”
As an added bonus, she says Evo gives drivers a “taste of the hybrid life,” encouraging them to go cleaner and greener in their daily commute.
Evo Car Share now has 750 vehicles available throughout the region, with added pick-up and drop-off locations at Metrotown and three more student campuses. In North Vancouver in particular, the Home Zone now extends from 24th Street on the north side all the way south to the water, as far west as Forbes Avenue and east to Ridgeway Avenue.
SFU business student Julene Munro is a brand new Evo Car Share Member. She signed up when she saw Evo cars in the SFU parking lot. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey.
A resource for students
And a cleaner commute is especially important to Simon Fraser University business student Julene Munro, who likes to "live greenly" along with her husband.
The couple lives on the SFU campus on Burnaby Mountain, and signed up as soon as they saw a set of Evo cars in the parking lot near their building.
"Car sharing is one of those ways we can make it better," she says from her sunny apartment, “and I really value the fee system because being a student is expensive.”
Evo charges users $0.41 per minute, $14.99 per hour, or a flat rate of $89.99 per day (with a per-kilometre rate of $0.45 after 200 kilometres). Gas, insurance, and parking are included and there are no monthly membership costs or other hidden fees. And BCAA Members save 10 per cent on Evo rates.
Life on Burnaby Mountain can be "secluded" at times, says Munro, and becoming an Evo Member "opens up the rest of the city."
“My husband and I love to be outdoors," she explains. "We have snowboards, we have bikes and it just doesn’t fit on his car, but with Evo it’s easy to get around and we can go do trails, because I don’t like biking up this hill.”
And like Whyte and O'Haggarty, the cyclist already has her route mapped out, with eyes on a park in South Surrey and Barnston Island, in between Surrey and Langley.
"You take an Evo car from SFU Burnaby, load the bikes on the roof, then drive to Surrey Bend Regional Park where you can park the car for a day trip stopover.
From there, you hop on the ferry to the island," she says eagerly. "go bike around for a couple of hours and come back."
"I’m really looking forward to it."