The program, launched with Zipcar, is meant to wean people away from owning their own cars, and renting a vehicle only when needed.
Rates will be $8 an hour, or $66 per day on weekdays and $9 per hour and $72 per day on weekends. People won't have to pay gas or maintenance charges, apparently. (I'm wondering if people will be offered insurance like on rental cars. A certain "Seinfeld" episode is coming to mind, but that's another story.)
With only three cars they won't be challenging for the market share abdicated by Denny Hecker's absence, and Winona isn't exactly New York City as far as not needing an automobile.
But at the very least, it's another option. The release is below:
University (WSU) officially launches Zipcar on campus in an effort to reduce
demand for parking, decrease carbon emissions and offer students, faculty and
staff a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to
owning a car.
Starting today, three self-service Zipcars -- two Toyota Matrixes and a Toyota
Prius -- will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars
are located in three dedicated spots near Kryzsko Commons and Sheehan Hall and
are available to all students and employees aged 18 and over. Gas,
maintenance, insurance and reserved parking are included in the low hourly and
Kurt Lohide, WSU Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services will
kick off a special event, which will feature remarks from Winona Mayor Jerry
Miller and WSU Student Senate President Caitlin Stene, as well as prizes and
The partnership with Zipcar is part of the university's sustainability
initiative, launched when WSU President Judith Ramaley signed the American
College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007. Along with
Zipcar, WSU will also offer a bike-sharing program this fall. Through the
Purple Bike Rental Program, students and employees will be able to check out
bikes, helmets and locks free of charge.
"Winona State University is committed to reducing its carbon footprint," said
Ramaley. "Investing in alternative transportation is one facet of the
university's overall approach to sustainability, and we're proud to partner
with Zipcar to provide our community with a versatile alternative to
Zipcar provides students and employees the freedom of car ownership - for
errands, entertainment or road trips - without the associated cost and hassle
of owning a car. Zipcar also eliminates hundreds of dollars in monthly
transportation costs, saving members an average of $600/month or $7,200/year
when compared with car ownership - money that can be put toward other expenses
such as tuition and housing. The service also benefits faculty and staff who
bike, carpool or ride transit to work, by giving them access to a car during
the day if they need one.
"Zipcar is a perfect solution for universities, giving people access to a car
when they need one, without having to bring one to campus," said Matthew
Malloy, Vice President of Global University Operations for Zipcar. "Winona
will also make these cars available to community members, further promoting
sustainability on and off campus."
Faculty, staff and students can join Zipcar for $35 and will receive a $35
driving credit for the first month of their membership. Zipcar members can
drive for as little as $8 per hour or $66 per day on weekdays and $9 per hour
or $72 per day on weekends. Local Winona residents ages 18 and older can join
for $75 ($25 one-time application fee and $50 annual fee). All members 21 and
over will have access to Zipcar's network of more than 5,500 vehicles
throughout the UK and North America.
More information, including how to sign up, is available online at:
Winona State is the first school in the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities system to work with Zipcar, which was selected based on its
superior technology platform, membership experience, and track record of
providing peer universities with a proven, cost-effective and environmentally
friendly transportation solution.
Among the dozens of colleges that have partnered with Zipcar to reduce
traffic, noise and parking demands are University of Minnesota, MIT, Columbia,
Georgetown, American University, Harvard University, University of Toronto,
University of North Carolina, University of Chicago, UCLA and Amherst.
More information about Zipcar's university programs is available at
About Winona State University
Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public
university with more than 8,000 students. For more information, visit: www.winona.edu.
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with 325,000 members and
6,500 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout 28 North
American states and provinces as well as in London, England. More information is available at www.Zipcar.com.