The City of Cincinnati today launched a new car-sharing program with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network. The Zipcar program will provide Cincinnati residents, visitors and businesses with increased access to affordable, convenient transportation options that reduce congestion and emissions. Mayor Mallory, Cincinnati Council members Laure Quinlivan and Yvette Simpson, and Steve Johns with the Office of Environmental Quality took the inaugural drive of Cincinnati’s Zipcar fleet.
“Partnering with Zipcar here in Cincinnati is an excellent opportunity to reduce congestion and parking demand, save people money, and provide access for people who would otherwise not be able to go about their day-to-day activities,” Mayor Mark Mallory said.
The new Zipcar program will launch with six vehicles conveniently located in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Vehicle types include Mazda 3 Hatchback, Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra models. Three “pods” of two vehicles each will be located at the intersections of 12th and Vine Street, West 8th and Race Street and East Court and Walnut Street. These Zipcars will be available to Downtown residents and workers, in addition to the five vehicles currently available on the University of Cincinnati campus near the Daniels Residence Hall and McMicken Circle.
“Zipcar has had a presence at the University of Cincinnati since 2011, and we’ve been extremely pleased with the enthusiasm we’ve seen from the local community,” said Michael Serafino, general manager for Zipcar University. “We’re excited to offer more Zipcar vehicles throughout the City of Cincinnati. Cost-savings, convenience and reduced demand for parking are just some of the benefits the community will experience by the availability of Zipcar around town.”
As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce Cincinnati’s carbon footprint. National studies have shown that each car shared takes at least15 privately owned vehicles off the road, and that average vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced by 40 percent when car owners switch to car sharing.
Rates on Zipcar vehicles in Cincinnati start as low as $8.50 per hour and $69 per day. Gas, reserved parking spots, insurance, roadside assistance and up to 180 miles per day are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates on all Zipcar vehicles. Cars can be reserved for time periods as short as an hour or for up to several days.
Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles as well as honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Members can also use Zipcar’s “Reserve a Zipcar” app on Facebook to view available Zipcars and make, extend or cancel a reservation all from their Facebook account. Reservations can also be made over the phone or by using the Zipcar website.
For more information on how to become a member of Zipcar in the City of Cincinnati please visitwww.zipcar.com. You can also learn more about Zipcar by visiting http://www.facebook.com/zipcar or following @Zipcar on Twitter.