ZipCar comes to the Bradley campus

By Josh Simon

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 11:05 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- There is a new service being offered on the campus of Bradley University that gives students without cars a new way to get around town

Brandis Holloway didn't bring a car with her to Bradley. Most of what she needs is within walking distance of campus, but there are times when she wishes she had access to a car.

"Just to be able to go to Wal-Mart is a good feeling,"said Bradley junior Brandis Holloway. "Just Miscellaneous things that I don't want to get charged an arm and a leg to go to CVS for, I can go to Wal-Mart and it's very convenient."

Enter Zip Car, the company rents vehicles by the hour. Zip Car began in major cities where many people do not own their own car.

"No matter your predilection for not wanting to own a car," said
Zip Car General Manager Mike Serafino. "There's lots of different reasons. Some people have sustainability reasons, some have economic reasons. We provide a solution.

Now they are expanding to college campuses, they parked two cars at Bradley starting at the beginning of the month.

"What this does is it serves a university's purpose by providing a transportation alternative when a vehicle makes sense to a student without them having to bring a car," said Serafino.

Unlike with most rental cars, all Bradley students can rent a zip car even if they are under 25 years old. All it takes is a one time $25 fee. Then it is $7.50 an hour including insurance and gas.

"That's definitely one of the other perks," said Holloway. "I didn't know about it until after I signed up that gas was included. I was really excited about that because like you said gas is expensive and that's another thing why I like using the zip car. I don't have to give other people gas money to take me places."

It is not uncommon for both cars to be gone at the same time and the company says they will consider expanding the service at Bradley and on other central Illinois campuses as well.

"We have 11 cars at Urbana, we didn't start with more than four, I don't think. It's just through the growth of the program and more and more members and the word spreading. If the member base demands it then we will add cars," said Serafino.

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