Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing service, is coming to CSU Channel Islands for fall 2011. It's a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to the hassles of keeping a car on campus. Zipcar offers wheels when you want them - cars by the hour or by the day, on-demand 24/7, all inclusive.

With Zipcar, you can reserve a vehicle for as short as an hour or up to 4 days, a minute before or a year in advance. Members reserve six different ways including online or over the phone. At the time of the reservation a wireless signal is sent to the Zipcar. When members arrive at the Zipcar, their Zipcard identifies them and unlocks the door. When you're done driving, just return the car to its spot and walk away. Fuel, insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance and reserved parking are all included for a $35 annual membership fee (receive $35 in free driving in your first 30 days). Rental rates are as low as $8hr/$66 day weekdays and $9hr/$72 day weekends.

Beginning summer 2011, you can apply on-line to become a member of Zipcar. It only takes a few minutes. Once you're approved, you get your very own Zipcard in the mail. CI students, faculty, staff and University Glen residents only have to be 18+ to join Zipcar. The Zipcars will be available for personal or business use – be thinking how your department or program could benefit from use of a vehicle for the trips you make into the community every day.

For additional information about the Zipcar program, please visit ourParking webpage.or contact Deanne Ellison, Community Outreach Administrator, at ext. 3151 ordeanne.ellison@csuci.edu.