The Miami car-share program that allows drivers to take a trip in white-and-blue, two-seater Smart cars is now coming to North Bay Village.
Officials have signed a contract with Car2go, expanding the car-share program from the city of Miami to North Bay Village. That means drivers can pick up a vehicle in the village and also end their trip there.
Prior to this contract, motorists could drive to North Bay Village, but they were not allowed to end their trip there. Rather, they had to return the vehicle back to the city of Miami.
North Bay Village commissioners unanimously approved the agreement at their Tuesday night meeting.
The agreement, however, is not permanent but a one-year trial period after which the contract may be extended for about another three years, Village Manager Dennis Kelly told The Miami Herald.
Car2go, based in Austin, Texas, entered a two-year trial project with the Miami Parking Authority last summer allowing the company to park the vehicles on city streets.
The expansion into North Bay Village comes at no cost to the municipality, said finance director Bert Wrains.
To use a Car2go vehicle, drivers first have to register, paying a one-time $35 fee, according to the program’s website. Users can take a trip at a cost of 38 cents per minute. Drivers do not have to pay for fuel. To find a Car2go vehicle, drivers can use a cellphone application or go through the company’s website, https://www.car2go.com. Registered users will receive a member card that allows them to unlock the car.
Village officials said they have allowed the vehicles to be parked in public spaces, but whether the vehicles can be parked in private parking lots — such as at The Crab House — will be worked out between Car2go and the individual business.
The number of cars allotted to the city depends on the demand, explained Kelly, adding that he thinks anywhere between two and five cars will be in the village at any given time.
To further enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses in North Bay Village, officials are also working on possibly bringing DecoBike, the Miami Beach bicycle-share program, into the village. Details on that program are still in the works and will be discussed at the March commission meeting, village officials said.