City CarShare

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City Carshare
Merged intoGetaround
Formation2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Founded atSan Francisco, California, U.S.
DissolvedNovember 2016; 7 years ago (2016-11)
Key people
Rick Hutchinson (CEO)
AffiliationsCarSharing Association

City Carshare was a carsharing program that operated in the San Francisco Bay Area, starting in 2001.[1] It rented vehicles by the hour.[2] In November 2016, the company effectively ceased operations, when Getaround, a for-profit, carsharing company, took over City CarShare's fleet, parking spaces, and member base.[3][4]


At its inception in 2001, City CarShare was the only carsharing program in the San Francisco area.[5] By 2002, the company expanded to Oakland, Berkeley, and Palo Alto.[6] In 2004, City Carshare sold off cars from its fleet in favor of using shared vehicles.[7]

In 2011, City CarShare was one of eighteen organizations to form the North American CarSharing Association, the world's largest.[8] City CarShare was one of the lead organizations in the new association, which had 100,000 members upon its launch.[9] In 2011, City CarShare also partnered with the city of San Francisco to provide on-street parking exclusively for City CarShare vehicles.[10]

In November 2016, City CarShare reached an agreement with Getaround, where Getaround took over City CarShare's fleet, parking spaces and member base.[11][4]


  1. ^ Michael Cabanatuan (November 27, 2012). "Electrifying car-sharing". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Ishimaru, Heather (30 April 2008). "Commuting ideas for the Bay Area". KABC-TV. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ "City CarShare hands over on-demand auto rentals to Getaround".
  4. ^ a b "Getaround and City CarShare join forces". Getaround. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. ^ Michael Cabanatuan (January 22, 2007). "Car-sharing catching on with Bay Area drivers / Firms provide autos for those who don't want hassle of ownership". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "City CarShare names new leader". San Francisco Business Times. November 18, 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  7. ^ Riya Bhattacharjee (April 22, 2008). "CarShare Now Offering Wheelchair-Accessible Vans". Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Laura Colgan (February 25, 2011). "City CarShare chief talks about new organization". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Eric Young (January 26, 2011). "San Francisco's City Carshare heads industry group". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  10. ^ Dan McMenamin (October 3, 2011). "Plan To Devote Street Parking Places To City CarShare Launches". Bay City News. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  11. ^ Said, Carolyn (10 November 2016). "City CarShare hands over on-demand auto rentals to Getaround". San Francisco Chronicle.