Submitted by City of Lake Forest
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing company that offers wheels by the hour or by the day, is now serving the Lake Forest community with two cars available for use at the East Lake Forest Train Station. Two Zipcars, a Mazda 3 named “Fresh” and a Jeep Compass named “Colcord”, are now conveniently located in the lot just north of Deerpath in the southeast corner.
“Green initiatives were strongly emphasized in the City’s Strategic Plan and I’m happy that Lake Forest is achieving these goals through the introduction of car sharing. Additionally, Zipcar will be a great asset for students, residents and visitors to the community,” comments Mayor Don Schoenheider.
“Cost-savings, convenience, reduced demand for parking are just some of the benefits that we are confident the Lake Forest community will experience by offering Zipcar as a transportation alternative,” said Charles Stephens, Zipcar Chicago general manager. “Since each car shared takes approximately 15 privately owned vehicles off the road, Zipcar can also help reduce the community’s overall carbon footprint and impact on the environment.”
Those interested in becoming a Zipcar member can find more information and apply online in just a few minutes at www.zipcar.com. Approved members will be mailed their “Zipcard”, which is the key to the Zipcars in Lake Forest and the entire fleet of over 10,000 Zipcar vehicles globally. Members can then make reservations on nearby vehicles via Zipcar’s mobile apps for iPhone and Android, online or over the phone. To gain access to the reserved car, members simply place the Zipcard against a small scanner located on the windshield of the car, and the doors automatically unlock. The keys are located inside the vehicle near the ignition. At the end of the reservation, Zipcars are returned to their designated parking location where they were picked up.
The Zipcar application fee is $25 (a one-time fee) and annual Zipcar memberships are $60 for a full year of membership or $6 per month. A Zipcar reservation includes gas, insurance, a reserved parking spot and up to 180 miles per day. There is a gas card inside the car which Zipcar members can use to add fuel. Drivers must be age 21 years or older, and rates on the Lake Forest vehicles will start at $8.50 an hour and $74 a day.
For further information from the City, please contact Matt Havlik at email@example.com or 847.810.3677. For more information on Zipcar, please contact CJ Himberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.336.4537.