Monday, March 24, 2008

Zipcars - Smart Transportation

My son drove up to visit us on Sunday evening and he doesn't even own a car. He drove up from the New Haven area to Hartford in a Zipcar. It's convenient and hassle-free. He has the ability to have a car when he needs one without the expense of owning one.

Zipcars are parked around the city for members to drive by the hour instead of owning their own vehicles. Cars are equipped with a wireless technology, creating a hassle-free reservation system. The cars are strategically placed around key places in cities and neighborhoods.
The savings potential is obvious not only for the driver but for the community - especially in urban settings.
With each Zipcar replacing over 15 privately-owned vehicles, we're changing the urban landscape.

Older cars are replaced with new ones that have more stringent pollution controls.

Green space is preserved as fewer parking spaces are required to meet the driving needs of the same number of people.

Less strain on urban parking infrastructure — saving businesses, governments, and universities money.

Lower fuel consumption means less air pollution.

And yes, less congestion on the roads.

Zipcar is a critical element of the transportation network of many cities and universities, enabling residents, students and businesses to get rid of their cars and still meet their transportation needs.
It's really a terrific idea - especially if you live in the city.

It's as simple as this:
You become a member of Zipcar and you receive a special card. When you need a vehicle you reserve it by the hour or the day, online or over the telephone. When you make the reservation a wireless signal is sent to the car. When you go to your reserved car your zipcard identifies you and allows you to unlock the vehicle. Then it's yours to drive. The gasoline, insurance and reserved parking is all included. You just drive it away and return it when you are done.

They've got some great vehicles too - very clean and well maintained.

My son loves it.
We'd love to see Zipcars come to the Hartford area.