The University has launched a new partnership with Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer a car-sharing program on campus. The service gives students the freedom to get off campus without the hassles of owning a car, while also helping Sewanee meet sustainability goals by reducing the need for personal vehicles and parking spots on campus.
The self-service transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, and members of the local community ages 21 and older. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.
Two vehicles are now available—a gray Ford Focus and a red Ford Escape. The Zipcars have designated parking spots located on University Avenue in front of the Sewanee Book and Supply store and on Georgia Avenue in front of the Bishop’s Common, across from duPont Library.
Sewanee members can join for $15, with rates starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $25. Gas, maintenance, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates. Students and community members can join at www.zipcar.com/sewanee, then reserve a car online or with the app.
“The partnership with Zipcar provides our community access to affordable, sustainable transportation,” said Becky Spurlock, senior associate dean of student life at the university. “Having Zipcars on campus will give students an easy way to get to town for groceries, the drugstore, or just a break from McClurg. Long term, we hope it will help reduce the number of cars on campus.”
Students who join Zipcar reported an increased quality of life with greater accessibility, according to a first-of-its-kind academic study by UC Berkeley.
Zipcar is the largest and most longstanding campus car-sharing provider with a presence on more than 600 colleges and universities across North America, from small private colleges to large public universities.