New program aims to reduce parking demand by offering convenient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to owning a car

Camarillo, CA – August 18, 2011 – Today, CSU Channel Islands (CI) launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty and staff members ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. CI students, faculty, staff, and residents of University Glen can join today at www.zipcar.com/csuci.

CI members pay a $35 annual fee, and rates on all Zipcars start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day. Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots, up to 180 miles of driving per day and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.

“CSU Channel Islands is proud to offer the Zipcar service to students and the campus community,” said Deanne Ellison, Transportation and Parking Services. “At CI, we’re always looking for ways to encourage sustainable living, while also making transportation options more convenient and accessible to students, and Zipcar helps us meet both of those goals.”

CI will offer two vehicles to start, which will be located at Town Center and Lot A5 between Anacapa and Santa Cruz villages. Zipcars, self-service vehicles, can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day. Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile applications to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles as well as honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or by using the Zipcar website.  

 “Zipcar will not only help CI provide students, faculty and staff with increased mobility options, but is also intended to help to reduce traffic congestion on campus and help the University to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Matthew Malloy, vice president of Global University Operations at Zipcar. “Zipcar is an environmentally friendly transportation option, and national studies have shown that each car shared removes approximately 15 personally-owned vehicles from the road, helping reduce CO2 emissions.”

Zipcar has established partnerships with more than 230 universities including USC, UCLA, Chapman University and University of California, Santa Cruz. For more information, including how to become a member of Zipcar at CI please visit www.zipcar.com/csuci.

About Zipcar
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with more than 605,000 members and over 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

Zipcar and the Zipcar logo are trademarks of Zipcar, Inc.

For more information contact Colleen McCormick, Public Relations Specialist, Zipcar at (617) 336-4342 or e-mail: cmccormick@zipcar.com.

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