A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Sept. 17, 2009 Volume 40 / Number 1


CSU, Chico Launches Zipcar Car-Sharing Program

Lori Beth Way

Five Zipcars have arrived on campus, and will be ready for users soon. Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service, and CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development have become partners and are open for business.

CSU, Chico is the second CSU campus to partner with Zipcar—San Francisco State was the first—and the only location for Zipcar vehicles between San Francisco and Portland.

The Institute for Sustainable Developments program will help the University reduce demand for parking and support the University’s commitment to sustainability while offering campus and community members a convenient, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car.

The five self-service Zipcars include three Honda Insights and two Scion XBs, and they are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Zipcar signs have been posted in reserved spaces in parking lots on campus.
Zipcars are available to all faculty, staff, and students, in addition to community members 21 years of age and over who are licensed drivers with good driving records. Gas, maintenance, insurance, and reserved parking are included in hourly and daily rates.

Faculty, staff, and students will be able to join Zipcar for $35 and can drive for as little as $8 per hour or $66 per day weekdays and $9 per hour or $72 per day on weekends. Students also get $35 in free driving credit as part of a launch promotion. Local residents aged 21 and older can join for $75 ($25 one-time application fee and $50 annual fee). All members will have access to Zipcar’s network of more than 6,500 vehicles throughout the UK and North America.

“What’s great about this program is it offers the campus community the opportunity to learn the habit of using alternative transportation,” said Halli Bovia, CSU, Chico sustainability coordinator. “In particular, students can begin making choices that will shape their decision making for the rest of their lives.”

Zipcar Launch
Tuesday, Sept. 22

Student Services Center Courtyard
Noon—3 pm

Band, speakers, and cars

come and get your questions answered and see the cars!