InCar Member Profile: Marg Archibald
Marg Archibald signed up with InCar as soon as we were accepting memberships in mid-2014. She’s been a big supporter ever since. Join Marg, and become a member of InCar!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
As a walker and cyclist, I would always choose to live downtown, close to amenities, culture and the heart of the city. Now happily retired, I write, garden, entertain and do errands on foot and my new, recumbent trike.
Driving a car is still fun but owning a car, increasingly, has felt like the waste of a good garage. And a galling expense line in my budget. I began to imagine sharing my car with someone, maybe a few people, that lived close together.
When I heard a group was working to form a Kamloops carsharing system, I sold my car, bought bus tickets, and put down my membership money.
Why did you decide to join InCar?
There are two – or three – yawning problems that my recumbent trike will not solve. First of all, taking yard waste to the dump. Several times in the gardening season I had my car trunk packed to the gills with compost bags. Not going to fly on the bus. A taxi probably wouldn’t take me. One hates to do “the right thing” and give up ones car only to lean on car-owning friends.
Second: what happens when people come to town? Bus service to the airport is sadly hopeless at present. The shuttle is fine for oneself but a young grandson, flying in, being told to get on the shuttle — that’s just not on.
Then there is the evening gala, decked out in rhinestones and needing to get back home when bus service becomes sparse.
How will carsharing work for you?
Carsharing offers exactly that stop-gap of an independent vehicle. It covers the missing piece. It ensures that I do not draw on friends for those occasions and that is critical for me.
What would you advise people who are thinking about joining InCar?
Like any new adventure, going carless begins with imagining it. Imagine not paying car insurance, repairs, that big budget line which is particularly galling if you go for days without using your car. It takes realistic shape if you like walking or riding a bike and can see yourself getting to and from work and the majority of your habitual outings on foot or some other way. That’s ideal. Then explore the city transit system, which amazed and delighted me. Walking, bussing, cycling and a shared car, that’s the wave of the future.
There was a time that owning a car was a huge step into adulthood and Independence. Now we are learning to care about our environment and our planet and know the harm we are doing with that indulgence. And we know moving our bodies is better for us than almost anything else we do. InCar provides the opportunity to live the urban life of the future and I am proud to be a charter member.
PS: You can probably give up the gym membership too, another saving.