Zipcar is racing into CWRU

Miriam Ridge, Staff Reporter

Case Western Reserve University students better buckle their seatbelts, because Zipcar is coming to campus. Within two weeks, CWRU will become a part of the international car sharing service, with two Zipcars on campus, one on northside and the other on southside.

Users can reserve a car over the phone, on the website, or on the mobile app. Zipsters can reserve a car for an hour, a day or even multiple days.

“All of Zipcar’s vehicles are under two years old, and are given really cool names through Facebook contests,” said Kayla Gray, a CWRU student and Zipcar representative.

Members of Zipcar, or Zipsters, must be 18 years or older, and have had a driver’s license for over a year. Membership costs $25 per year, and includes gas, insurance, maintenance and tolls. Zipsters also have access to 24/7 roadside assistance.

Zipcar is also providing a grant program, called Students with Drive, for student organizations. Finalists are chosen in each of the five categories: academics, arts, athletics, student life and community service, each month. Winners receive $5,000 in transportation, $10,000 in cash and $10,000 for their school’s General Scholarship Fund.

The company will also be hosting a car themed movie night on Nov. 21, and they will have a booth at Thwing Study Over.