Zipcar is Coming to Menlo

September 1, 2011

Beginning September 15, the Menlo College community will be able to take advantage of Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network. The service is designed for those who may only need a car occasionally and allows them to avoid the expense and hassle of car ownership.

“We're thrilled to partner with Zipcar to make its car-sharing service available not only to students, faculty and staff, but to members of the community who are interested in this economical alternative to owning and maintaining a car,” said Catherine Reeves, Vice President for Advancement at Menlo College. “We encourage everyone who is interested in environmental sustainability to consider this option.”

Founded in 2000, Zipcar has since gained more than 600,000 members, dubbed “Zipsters” by the company. The company has a fleet of more than 6,000 vehicles that are available in 15 major cities and more than 230 college campuses in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In the Bay Area, Zipcar has expanded south of San Francisco to Santa Cruz, Stanford, and now Menlo College.

On September 15, there will be a launch event on campus, in front of the dining hall. A Zipcar will be on display and company representatives will be on hand to answer any questions for the good part of the day.

There will be two Zipcars located on campus, a four-person sedan and a five-person, four-wheel-drive station wagon. The cars will be located in reserved parking spots in the front parking lot next to the Administration Building. Rates start at $8 per hour and $66 per day, and include gas, insurance, roadside assistance, and 180 miles of driving per day. Students need to be 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license to apply for membership. Area residents who are interested in taking advantage of this transportation option are also welcome to sign up. To become a Zipcar member, please visit www.zipcar.com/menlo.