Kevin Klinkenberg has worked as an urban designer for 20 years, so it's no surprise he's a fan of the sharing economy and how it can make our planet and our lives better. That's why he's founded Share Savannah, a car sharing service that will enable people to live car-free or car-light in Savannah, and provide an avenue for vehicle owners to easily make extra cash. How has the reaction been to the car share concept so far? Klinkenberg: It's been almost universally great. People are very excited about the idea, and think it will work well here. It's amazing how many people give us other ideas or their own version of a twist they think we should also try. Who are the ideal users? On the car sharer side, it's ideally someone who has a reliable car that just doesn't get much use. Maybe, like me, that person who lives downtown and just doesn't need to drive much. But the car could be put to use making money instead of sitting there quietly depreciating in value. On the borrower side, we like people who are responsible adults that just don't want to or need to own a car. But those borrowers still need one occasionally to go to the southside, the beach or even on a road trip. How will this coexist with the new bike sharing? At first, I don't think we'll see much interaction, as the bike sharing program is quite small. Over time, I think they could work great in tandem. I can imagine people riding a bike from one station to another and then driving a vehicle they want to use for a farther destination. It would be great to even establish a partnership down the road where people could buy credits to use for either service, as one example. Where do you think Savannah is at in terms of embracing the sharing economy? I'd say we're a little behind the curve, but catching up quickly. People seem to really be embracing services like Airbnb and couchsurfing, and car and bike sharing are now getting rolling, as well. ThincSavannah has been a great example of office sharing for some time now, and I know others are looking at shared kitchen spaces and more. I expect we'll see a whole slew of innovative ideas over the next few years. How else have you each personally utilized the sharing economy? I'm getting ready to use Airbnb for a vacation, and we have an office at ThincSavannah. I've used bike sharing in several cities and really enjoy it. Jason (Combs, Klinkenberg's partner and a fellow urban designer) has had quite a bit of experience with couchsurfing and Airbnb, as well as using car sharing for several years, as well. He ditched his car when he lived in Atlanta because car sharing was available. Combs: Exactly - and I want to stress that having the confidence that I could use a Zipcar whenever I wanted to led me to ditch my car and live right in the center of Midtown. We'd like our car-sharing network to be well-established and well-known so that people in Savannah, or moving to Savannah, can make housing and lifestyle choices based on knowing they have that network there to use when they want. What will a successful carsharing program look like in Savannah? Klinkenberg: I think ultimately it will have to embrace the unique nature of the city. As it grows, I think you'll see extensive use downtown, including students and visitors. It will enable people to live very easily without owning a car in the areas that are so easy to walk and bike in. It's also possible the service could extend to larger companies and institutions outside of downtown. Honestly, the possibilities are endless, and we look forward to seeing what people tell us about how they want to use it. What other cities currently have successful car sharing programs? The most successful cities right now are generally larger West Coast cities, such as San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, etc. In the northeast, it's been catching on quickly, as well. Atlanta has quite a bit of use in Midtown, but it's limited beyond that. In general, the idea is still very new to most cities in the U.S., but people in the automotive industry are expecting it to grow to a multi-billion dollar business within the next five to seven years. What have been the biggest challenges so far? Mostly just explaining the concept. Since it's a new idea to a lot of people, we spend quite a bit of time answering questions on subjects such as insurance, gas, cleaning, day-to-day use and more. I think as this grows into something that people see their neighbors using routinely, the whole idea and workings will seem very simple and logical. Anything else you'd like to add? Just that we're always available to answer questions anyone has, and we're open to people's ideas. We think this is going to be a huge hit, but we want it to really feel like something unique to Savannah, and not something dropped in here from somewhere else. We're also hosting an informational presentation at ThincSavannah on Oct. 31 as part of ThincSavannah's Lunch & Thinc series.