Zipcar Inc. drives onto campus to offer new service

Students now have a chance to explore outside the Bradley hilltop with a new on-campus vehicle rental service for anything from weekend adventures to shopping trips.

Zipcar Inc. is a leading car-sharing service that offers accessible and affordable transportation for customers in urban areas or college campuses where people may not have a car available. Bradley and Zipcar Inc. recently established a partnership to provide students with access to rental cars on campus.

“Since freshmen are not allowed to have a car on campus, this is a fun and new way for those students to make their way around the Peoria area,” said sophomore business management and administration major Holly Alguire.

Two vehicles, a Honda Civic and Ford Focus, are currently located in the parking lot at the intersection of Duryea Place and Bradley Ave. intersection. With a membership, students can rent both vehicles.

“This new service will provide a convenient, economical and environmentally-friendly transportation option to students,” said Senior Director of Public Relations Kath Conver.

Zipcar Inc. has locations in major U.S. cities and hundreds of North American universities, including University of Illinois, Elmhurst College and Wheaton University.

Freshman English and secondary education major Hannah Huffmann said she believes Zipcar can be a beneficial service for freshmen, as well as upperclassmen on campus.

“Resident Advisors could take advantage of the service to make off-campus floor programs possible,” she said. “Students needing transportation to off-campus jobs and student teaching locations would find it to be a very useful initiative.”

In order to reserve one of the two Zipcar vehicles, students must first pay an annual membership fee of $25. Once a membership account is established, students, staff and community members may reserve a Zipcar vehicle on-demand for as little as $7.50 per hour or $69 per day.

Vehicles can be reserved anywhere from an hour up to multiple days. Gas, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in those rates.

Students interested in using Bradley’s new Zipcars can make reservations on the company website, on its Facebook app or over the phone.