Downtown Oklahoma City, already home to the growing bicycle share system Spokies, is getting a car share station like those set up at Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma and Crowne Plaza Hotel in northwest Oklahoma City.
TimeCar, launched on Thursday at NE 2 and Oklahoma in Deep Deuce, allows members to rent a car by the hour at any time of day.
With continued residential development in the east downtown neighborhood, TimeCar President Benny Jacobs saw Deep Deuce as a natural fit for his growing operation.
“It's currently the most densely populated downtown neighborhood and only becoming more popular,” Jacobs said. “You don't have to own a car to live there. Residents can easily bike, walk and now use car sharing.”
The operation will start with a Nissan Juke and Mazda 3 to be stationed in a parking lot across from the 2nd Street Lofts at Oklahoma Avenue and NE 2. Jacobs is in talks with Level developer Richard McKown to establish a more centralized, permanent location later this year.
Fleet includes a pickup
Oklahoma City University is the most popular of the current locations, and Jacobs recently added a third car there to accommodate his growing membership.
That fleet includes a pickup Jacobs said will be available to Deep Deuce members. He hopes to eventually add another location downtown and one in MidTown.
“As urban living continues to grow, so does the need for urban transportation,” Jacobs said. “We're confident that car sharing is the best fit to fill that void.”
The first member, Deep Deuce resident Sid Burgess, is well known in the neighborhood for getting around town without any car. Formerly a resident of Seattle and Vancouver, Burgess, his wife and children moved to Deep Deuce in August.
“I decided we didn't need a car to live in downtown Oklahoma City,” Burgess said. “We operate so that if it's within a mile or so, we'll walk or bike. If it's more than a mile, if it's to NW 23rd, I'll take the bus.”
Burgess said he has heard from fellow residents that they might ditch their cars with the availability of TimeCar.
“It represents or highlights that there is a lack of a truly walkable environment downtown where all the amenities you need exist,” Burgess said. “But that rarely exists anywhere. Even in Seattle, you used Zipcar (another car share service), so it was always easy to grab a car.”
At a glance
Membership gives access
TimeCar members pay a $25 application fee and a $50 annual membership fee, which allows them to reserve cars either online or by phone. Each member has a smart card that will unlock the vehicle and provide access to keys kept in a lockbox. Rates run $5 an hour between midnight and 7 a.m., and an average of $8.50 an hour during the day. Full-day rentals run $65 a day with a daily 200-mile limit on daily mileage before fuel charges are assessed.
To learn more, go to www.timecar.com