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Ottawa’s VRTUCAR celebrates 15 years
January 28th, 2015
Ottawa’s largest car sharing company, VRTUCAR, is celebrating 15 years. What started out in 2000 as a community-based initiative by current chief sharing officer, Wilson Wood, and a determined group of enthusiasts has grown into a successful social enterprise.
Ride sharing is in the NEWS
September 23rd, 2014
Switch up your commute to win!
September 9th, 2014
Does your e-fob look like this?
September 3rd, 2014
New Station Opens in Kingston!
August 28th, 2014
We’re so pleased to announce a new VRTUCAR station (#504) at The Lord Sydenham, 32 Ontario Street. Another option for our wonderful VRTUCAR members in Kingston!
EnviroCentre is looking for green homes!
August 5th, 2014
New station! #94 - 385 Besserer St. at Friel
July 23rd, 2014
Members only - 10% discount at terra20!
July 18th, 2014
Selected Get-Away Vehicles are back!
July 10th, 2014
Bike Sharing at our office!
July 4th, 2014
Enjoy Gatineau Park Beaches on Us!
June 25th, 2014
Spring Fleet updates
May 8th, 2014
Loss but two gains in New Edinburgh!
April 3rd, 2014
'Winter Get-Away for Less' extended until March 30!
March 14th, 2014
We heart Random Acts of Love and VRTU-Kindness
February 14th, 2014
In honour of February, this warm and fuzzy month, show us that you care.
Introducing the Winter Get-Away for Less!
January 12th, 2014
From January 12 to March 15, 2014, Green and Duet Drivers can reserve selected VRTUCARs for the reduced rate of $29/day and 15¢/km. (Fuel surcharge of 1.4 cents/km and HST are added).
New Station Announcement! #90 - 131 Holland Avenue
December 30th, 2013
New! Find this VRTUCAR in One3One Domicile condominium’s outdoor courtyard parking lot. We are currently awaiting signage; our preferred spaces are 5 and 6 but it is possible to park in any available spot.
VRTUCAR Gift Certificates | Easy All Around
December 12th, 2013
Put VRTUCAR on your Xmas list - we offer any denomination your gifter desires! To purchase a VRTUCAR gift certificate, call, email or pay us a visit. We accept credit and debit. Car sharing for all!
IMPORTANT! Starting today - use your e-fob to LOCK your VRTUCAR
December 3rd, 2013
New Station Announcement! #89 - 1801 Riverside Drive
November 11th, 2013
New! We are pleased to announce a new station that we know will be a key linking point in our car sharing network; Smyth Transitway Station at 1801 Riverside Drive. Find Station #89 directly across the street from the Smyth Transitway Station on Riverside in the surface parking lot, space #84.
Keen to boost cycling confidence and competence?
October 29th, 2013
Tucker House Renewal Centre, the EnviroCentre and Citizens for Safe Cycling have joined forces for the afternoon event, which will feature the film screening of David Chernushenko's documentary Bike City, Great City, followed by a panel discussion on how cyclists can become more self-assured and more confident, and how they can equip themselves for any kind of weather....
New Station Announcement! #87 - 2026 Scott Street (Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa)
October 21st, 2013
New! Find this VRTUCAR in the parking lot of the Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa, adjacent to the sidewalk.
One year in Kingston!
October 21st, 2013
VRTUCAR now has shared cars at Bagot & Queen, Queen & Barrie and on Queen's campus. VRTUCAR is committed to helping Kingston achieve their mandate to become Canada’s Most Sustainable City. With our three shared cars, that’s approximately 33 fewer privately owned vehicles off the streets of Kingston!...
New Station Announcement! #82 - 68 Flora Street
September 20th, 2013
New! - Located on Flora Street (a one-way street heading EAST) just before Bank Street, is our VRTUCAR station #82. There is VRTUCAR signage along with reflective orange/white post to help identify the parking spot.
We support Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project!
September 18th, 2013
The Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project is a non-profit community based initiative that formed around the growing need for a safer cycling infrastructure in Ottawa. Having bicycles and motor vehicles sharing the same lanes (as they currently do) is not fair to the motor vehicles or to the cyclists....
New Station Announcement! #86 - 111 Sherwood Drive
September 13th, 2013
New! - 111 Sherwood Drive is located just off Carling Ave, 2 blocks West of the Carling Ave. O Train Station. There is VRTUCAR signage to identify the assigned parking spot which is located on the south side of the lot.
Proud Community Partner, Sustainable Kingston
September 5th, 2013
Sustainable Kingston’s Community Partners are a diverse network of Kingston organizations which embrace and support the vision - Kingston-Canada’s Most Sustainable City - in their planning and operations. Partners are striving to make a positive impact in the community by working together to achieve cultural, economic, environmental and social sustainability....
New Station Announcement! #81 - 200 Bronson Avenue
September 4th, 2013
New! - The Parking lot for 200 Bronson Ave. is located behind the building. There is a pedestrian entrance off of Bronson Ave. Vehicle access is on Cambridge St N, just to the North of 51 Cambridge St N. VRTUCAR has been assigned parking spot #11.
New Station Announcement! #85 - St Andrew & Cumberland
August 29th, 2013
New - Lowertown grows! Station #85 is situated at the corner of St. Andrew and Cumberland, at 227 Cumberland Street, in the Levesque Garage parking lot. A VRTUCAR sign marks our designated space.
Have you tried the Prius Plug-in Hybrid at MEC?
August 9th, 2013
Its true! VRTUCAR members save money AND drive carefully.
August 8th, 2013
We already know car sharing saves drivers thousands in finance payments, insurance premiums and parking. But, car sharing also provides a sense of ownership for our members. That’s why we’d had so few incidents to report to our insurance company over the years.
New Station Announcement! #84 - 283 Cyr Ave. - City of Ottawa Lot #22
August 8th, 2013
New! City of Ottawa Lot #22 @ 283 Cyr Ave is located behind the Paramedic post on Montreal Rd. This station is next to the entrance for the parking lot.
VRTUCAR supports the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op member drive
July 26th, 2013
The OREC co-op is a success because of the participation of their members — so more members means more success and more renewable energy projects feeding green power into the grid! In an effort to grow their OREC community and potential, this July and August, they are running a summer membership drive. Click to see prizes for the most referrals, including a VRTUCAR membership!...
Station #83 (57 Bayswater Ave.) replaces Station #71 (1 Spadina Ave.)
July 25th, 2013
VRTUCAR 1858 is now located in the CLV building at 57 Bayswater Ave. This location replaces station 71, at 1 Spadina Ave.
New Station Announcement! #80 - 265 Carling Ave.
June 25th, 2013
New! Station # 80 - 265 Carling Ave., at the Taggart building. There is a Pay and Display Lot, beside 265 Carling Ave. VRTUCAR has been assigned a parking spot in the north-west corner, close to Cambridge St. South & Clemow Ave. There is VRTUCAR signage to help identify our spot.
VRTUCAR now bullfrogpowered
June 20th, 2013
The VRTUCAR office and Nissan Leaf (VRTUCAR 2220, Station # 70 – World Exchange Plaza) are now bullfrogpowered® with 100% green electricity.Bullfrog’s electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program - instead of from polluting sources or large...
VRTUCAR partners with Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict
June 17th, 2013
The OCED plans to be a unique collaboration between developers, building owners, tenant businesses, employees, residents, social innovators, and the City to make the core more sustainable, competitive and vibrant; and to advance Ottawa’s reputation as a dynamic capital...
New Station Announcement! #78 - 20 Cleary Ave.
June 7th, 2013
New! Station # 78 - The Unitarian House of Ottawa at 20 Cleary Avenue in Westboro. The car is located in the North East corner of the Visitor’s parking lot.
New Station Announcement! #79 - 1274 Carling Ave.
June 6th, 2013
New! Station #79 – 1274 Carling Avenue at Macies Best Western.
New Station Announcement! #76 - 137 George St.
April 8th, 2013
New! Station #76 - The Honest Lawyer on 137 George Street. The car is located on the West side of The Honest Lawyer restaurant.
We've just only scratched the surface
April 8th, 2013
With predications that global car sharing membership will increase ninefold to 26 million by 2020, there are so many reasons why Ottawans should give up car ownership.
CarSharing Association Announced
February 2nd, 2011
Washington, DC (January 24, 2011) — Eighteen carsharing organizations from around the world have announced formation of an association that sets the ethical, social and environmental bar for the carsharing industry. The driving principles of the new CarSharing Association (CSA) focus on environmental and social impact and responsibility, education, research and ethical practices (www.carsharing.org)....
We're celebrating 10 Years of VRTUCAR car sharing in Ottawa!
May 8th, 2010
We’re celebrating 10 years of VRTUCAR car sharing in Ottawa! Minto Park (Elgin & Gilmour) Sunday, May 16, 2010 from 11:00 to 14:00
October 19th, 2009
CTV Ottawa takes a look at the new VRTUCAR car sharing station at Carleton University.
So, you want to save the planet and you want to save some cash too?
July 20th, 2007
VRTUCAR is part of a growing trend in Canada that allows people to have their car and share it too.