To celebrate the expansion of carsharing for all in New York City, Getaround hosted a kickoff event last week at Vineapple Cafe in New York City.
Speakers included New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes, New York City Council Member Lincoln Restler, New York City Council Member and candidate for U.S. Congress Carlina Rivera, Vineapple Cafe owner Zac Rubin, and Getaround’s Chief Operating Officer Sy Fahimi.
During speeches, the elected officials all pointed to the positive impact of carsharing on the environment, the economy, and within NY communities.
While Getaround has been active in New York since 2019, state law had required those who shared their vehicles to have commercial auto insurance, making widespread carsharing impractical for the general public. However, as a result of years of advocacy and broad-based support among policymakers, the Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Program Act now allows Getaround to provide platform insurance to cover trips within New York at no extra cost to either the car owner or user.
This makes Getaround an accessible and sustainable transportation solution for every resident and visitor, including parents like Joy in New York. “I use Getaround to take my son on camping trips or to the park,” Joy says. “He loves it when I pick him up in a Getaround car — his face literally lights up when he sees me because he knows we're about to have an adventure!” Entrepreneur Adolfo Vergara in Brooklyn realized, “My car is parked for long periods throughout the day. Eight hours when I’m sleeping, eight hours when I’m at work . . . it’s just sitting there. So I decided to take advantage of that time.”
Are you interested in sharing a car in your New York City neighborhood? Now is the time to enroll! First-time hosts can earn an average of $2,000 each month guaranteed, in addition to a $1,200 bonus when you sign up by July 31. Signing up is easy — click below to get started!