Butler University today launched a partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car-sharing program on campus.
Two Zipcars – a Toyota Prius and a Mazda3 – are 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. Butler’s Zipcars are located in the Atherton Student Union lot.
Butler students, faculty, staff and local community members can join the car-share program at www.zipcar.com/butler.
Butler University members pay a $35 annual fee. 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.
“Butler University has partnered with Zipcar to offer convenience and, hopefully, to convince students and others that they don’t need to own their own car on campus,” said Director of Public Safety Ben Hunter.
Zipcars are self-service and can be reserved and accessed 24 hours a day. Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, can 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 Butler 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 its 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 Creighton University, Marquette University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Michigan State University.