RIC partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing on campus 

Rhode Island College has launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a car-sharing program on campus.

This convenient transportation option is now available 24/7 to students, faculty, and staff 18 and older, and to members of the local community ages 21 and over.

RIC members can join for $25, with rates on campus Zipcars starting as low as $7 an hour and $66 a day. Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots, up to 180 miles of driving per day and roadside assistance are included in the Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.

To join, visit www.zipcar.com/ric .

“Students will benefit greatly from RIC’s participation in Zipcar. It’s another green initiative by the college to address student transportation needs while reducing harmful emissions and traffic congestion,” said Scott Kane, dean of students at RIC.

Paul Forte, RIC’s assistant vice president of finance, added that campus-parking needs would be reduced as the program grows.

To start, RIC will offer two vehicles – a Ford Focus hatchback and Ford Focus sedan – that will be located in Lot K near the Student Union. Zipcars are self-service and can be reserved and accessed 24 hours a day.

Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile applications to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles, and even 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 from their Facebook account. Reservations can also be made over the phone or by using the Zipcar website.

“Zipcar’s service and technology have been a perfect match for many universities across North America looking to provide their campus communities with alternatives to bringing a car to campus. And since every Zipcar takes approximately 15 privately owned vehicles off the road, Zipcar helps reduce congestion and demand for parking on campus,” said Michael Serafino, General Manager, Zipcar University. “In addition to providing a convenient and cost-efficient transportation option, Zipcar will also help Rhode Island College to reduce its carbon footprint.”

For more information, including how to become a member of Zipcar at RIC, visit www.zipcar.com/ric.

About Zipcar
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with approximately 650,000 members and 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com. Media inquiries to Colleen McCormick, public relations manager, Zipcar, (617) 336-4342, cmccormick@zipcar.com.