Zipcar has announced that it has expanded its car sharing services to the City of Miami. This has been possible with the support of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. The expansion has made Miami the 20th major metropolitan market for the car sharing company.
The launch of Zipcar in Miami will provide the city’s residents, businesses and visitors with more access to the company’s convenient transport options. Car sharing has proven to reduce demand for parking in the downtown area, ease traffic congestion and cut the overall carbon footprint of the city. It will also help support a more pedestrian-friendly community. This is because sharing just one car has been found to have the equivalent effect of taking up to 15 privately owned vehicles off the road.
Zipcar has been oprating its car sharing services at the University of Miami since 2008, and it has become very popular among the university’s students, faculty, other staff and members of of the local community. In the City of Miami, the new offering will provide hybrids, sedans, convertibles, pickup trucks and SUVs, as well as Audi A3s and Mercedes C250s. These vehicles will be conveniently parked throughout the downtown area, Coral Gables, South Beach and Brickell.
The Zipcar service will be available to employees of local businesses via its Zipcar for Business programme. This offers driving rates at a discount Monday through Friday to employees, helping businesses save money, reduce parking requirements and meet environment sustainability targets by providing their staff with access to shared cars for business purposes and other needs.
The hourly and daily rates charged for the Zipcar service are inclusive of reserved parking, up to 180 miles of driving a day for free, roadside assistance and insurance. Members of the network can reserve a vehicle for as low as $9.75 per hour or for multiple days for as low as $69 per 24 hours.
Zipcar president and chief operating officer Mark Norman says that Miami residents will have more options to meet their mobility needs now with the convenience, flexibility and reliability of Zipcar, as well as its functional and fun vehicle selection. No matter if they want to make a trip to Home Depot, go to a business meeting or take a weekend break to the Florida Keys, Zipcar members will have the choice to drive what, where, how and when they want.
City of Miami Mayor Regalado said that they are thrilled to welcome Zipcar to the city and believe the availability of its services will supplement the many modes of transport used by their residents and visitors. These transport options include public transit, shuttles, trolleys and cycles. This new scheme will offer a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to those who only need a car occasionally, while it fits well with their approach to smart urban living.
Miami Commissioner Sarnoff said that introducing Zipcar to the general public is a big step in giving the local community encouragement to further use alternative transport options. This will help reduce emissions, traffic congestion and parking concerns while supporting the city’s efforts to make alternate mobility options more sustainable, efficient and economical.