MEMPHIS – Today, Christian Brothers University (CBU) launched a new partnership with Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a car sharing program on campus. The service gives students the freedom to go where they want, when they want, without the hassles of car ownership. The partnership also helps CBU meet sustainability goals by reducing the need for personal vehicles and parking spots on campus.
This new location builds on Zipcar’s 12 existing locations throughout Memphis, including Downtown, Cooper Young, and more.
The convenient, self-service transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, and members of the local community ages 21 and older. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.
Now available on campus is a Ford Focus. The Zipcar will be located in the LLC parking lot in a designated, reserved space so that students can easily identify where the car is to be returned and picked up.
Students who join report an increased quality of life with greater accessibility, according to a first-of-its-kind academic study by UC Berkeley.
CBU’s members can join for $15/year, with rates starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $25. Gas, maintenance, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates.
“What this program will do is allow students without vehicles the opportunity to go off campus and venture out into the Memphis area,” commented Recreation Coordinator Chad Lassiter. “Zipcar and CBU think this program will be a huge success, one that will continue to grow and beneficial to all of our community.”
The Zipcar app is a one-stop shop for joining Zipcar, reserving a car nearby, extending reservations and locking and unlocking a vehicle. CBU’s students now have sustainable options to zip to the grocery store, to a doctor’s appointment or to an internship.
“We share CBU’s vision of more sustainable transportation on campus,” said Katelyn Bushey, director of university programs, Zipcar. “The introduction of a car-sharing program gives students the freedom to get around without bringing a car to campus, which frees up valuable space and reduces carbon emissions.”
Zipcar is the largest and most longstanding campus car-sharing provider with a presence on more than 500 colleges and universities across North America, from small private colleges to large public universities.
For more information on how to become a member of Zipcar at Christian Brothers University, please visit www.zipcar.com/CBU and learn more about how Zipcar aligns with CBU's sustainability initiatives at: www.cbu.edu/public-transportation. Zipcar representatives will also be on campus for a reception with food, drinks, and giveaways on Thursday, January 12! Visit the events page for more info.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in over 500 cities and towns across Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers the most comprehensive, most convenient and most flexible car-sharing options available. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com/universities.
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