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Zip Car Expands to West Davis

The City of Davis and Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, are excited to announce that car sharing has expanded into west Davis neighborhoods.  The City and Zipcar collaborated to select Portage Bay West as the newest Zipcar location. This location will have a Subaru Crosstrek and a Mazda 3 vehicle.

Zipcar’s service is as simple as “join, reserve and drive.” Prospective members can sign up through the Zipcar mobile app and within minutes gain access to all of the Zipcars in Davis, on the UC Davis campus, as well as 12,000 vehicles across the globe. Members can reserve a car through the mobile app or online, and cars are available by the hour or the day, on demand or up to a year in advance. Gas and insurance are included.

Car sharing is good for the environment – each Zipcar removes approximately up to 13 personally owned vehicles from the road – offers an additional mobility option for residents who don’t own a car, and can reduce overall parking demand in a neighborhood, particularly in areas with high concentrations of UC Davis students.

In 2010, the City partnered with Zipcar to provide car sharing services to Davis residents which has proven successful.  Starting modestly with four vehicles at two locations in 2012, Zipcar has grown to 15 vehicles at seven different locations; 17 vehicles are also on the UC Davis campus.

“Car sharing is another successful effort to provide mobility options for Davis residents. Between our bicycling infrastructure, Unitrans bus system, and Zipcar, the option to live in Davis without the financial burden of car ownership is becoming more convenient every year,” said Mayor Robb Davis.

Zipcars are available at the Portage Bay West location immediately.

For more information, please contact Brian Abbanat, Senior Transportation Planner, at 530-757-5686 x7301 or babbanat@cityofdavis.org

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