November 11, 2010

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University has launched a partnership with Zipcar Inc. to provide campus with access to the 24-hour car-sharing service.

Zipcar is an environmentally friendly transportation alternative that on average takes 15 to 20 privately owned vehicles off the road. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is available to all students, faculty and staff members, ages 18 and older.

Bucknell Student Government will display the cars during an introduction event on Friday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the uphill and downhill entrances to the Elaine Langone Center on campus.                                                                                                                                                              

Hourly and daily rates
Gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for up to four days. Rates on all Bucknell Zipcar vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours).

The annual membership fee for anyone affiliated with Bucknell is $35, and Bucknell applicants receive $35 of free driving credit that applies toward their first month of driving.  Bucknell students, faculty and staff can join at www.zipcar.com/bucknell

"Our organization is incredibly excited to bring the two new Zipcars to Bucknell's campus this fall," said Bucknell Student Government President Charlie Kreitler. "We believe that introducing the Zipcar program to campus will provide a more convenient, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly form of transportation for Bucknell students. Zipcar will allow students without their own means of transportation to have fast, easy access to a vehicle, while freeing up parking on campus, as we believe many students will choose Zipcar over bringing their own car to Bucknell."

Self-service
The cars are self-service and can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day. Bucknell Zipcars are located in convenient spaces in the Moore Avenue Parking lot, in front of the Elaine Langone Center.

Zipcar also offers an iPhone app that allows members to make reservations, honk the horn to locate a Zipcar and unlock the doors.

"More and more universities across the U.S. today are helping students realize that having a car on campus adds to the costs of college because of the expenses associated with parking, gas, insurance and maintenance," said Matt Malloy, Vice President of Global University Operations at Zipcar. "Bucknell University students will reap the cost benefits associated with our car-sharing service, which is a convenient and environmentally friendly transportation option, and realize that it's not essential to own a car on campus."

Zipcar has established partnerships with more than 200 universities, including Dickinson College, LaSalle University and Drew University. Zipcar utilizes a network of local vendors to service and clean its fleet.

For more information, including how to enroll in Zipcar at Bucknell, please visit Zipcar.

Contact: Division of Communications

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