Car-Sharing Service Offered on Campus

January 29, 2013

Peoria, IL – January 29, 2013 – Bradley University has launched a new car-sharing program on campus that provides a convenient transportation option available at an affordable rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. 

Bradley has partnered with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car-sharing network, to offer the program.

Bradley students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar for a $25 annual membership fee, with rates on campus Zipcar vehicles starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35. Gas, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days at

“This new service will provide a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly transportation option to students,” said Kath Conver, senior director of public relations at Bradley University.

Two vehicles, including Honda Civic and Ford Focus models, will be located in a campus parking lot at the corner of Duryea Place and Bradley Avenue. Zipcars are available on-demand and can be easily reserved and accessed after a membership account has been established.

Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle.  Members can also use Zipcar’s “Reserve a Zipcar” app on Facebook to view available Zipcars and make, extend or cancel reservations from their Facebook account. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.   

Michael Serafino, general manager for Zipcar University added, “We are thrilled to welcome Bradley University to the Zipcar University program, and are excited to help the campus offer convenient, cost-effective and sustainable transportation options for its students, faculty and staff.”

With the new Zipcar program available on campus, student organizations at Bradley also have the opportunity to participate in the “Students with Drive” grant program sponsored by Zipcar and Ford Motor Company, which provides students with free Zipcar memberships and driving credits to support student organizations on campus. 

Through the Students with Drive grant program, Ford and Zipcar will provide $300,000 in grants to be awarded to student organizations at eligible Zipcar colleges and universities. The program runs through April and will culminate with one student organization being awarded a grand prize of $5,000 in Zipcar credits, $10,000 cash for the student organization to put toward its cause and $10,000 to be awarded to the winning school. For more information and to participate in the program, students can visit the “Students with Drive” tab on Zipcar’s University Facebook page at

Zipcar has established partnerships with other local universities including the University of Illinois, Elmhurst College and Wheaton College along with more than 300 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at Bradley University, please visit

About Zipcar
Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing network with more than 767,000 members and over 10,000 vehicles located in major metropolitan areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at Photos and b-roll footage are available for media purposes at    Zipcar and the Zipcar logo are trademarks of Zipcar, Inc.

About Bradley University

Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. Bradley links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education. Students benefit from extensive resources not available at most private colleges and the personal attention not commonly found at large universities.