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August 25, 2015

Joan Galvan, Public Information Officer
(805) 730-4107

Santa Barbara City College Announces Partnership with Zipcar to Boost Sustainable Transportation

On August 27 Santa Barbara City College will launch a new partnership with Zipcar, a leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car sharing program on campus. This partnership is one of several options that the college is promoting to support sustainable modes of transportation.

Zipcar will have a vehicle on display from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Campus Bike Shop on East Campus during the pancake breakfast for sustainable commuters hosted by SBCC and BiCi Centro.

SBCC’s two Zipcars will have designated parking spots located at Beach City Apartments across the street from Main Campus for easy pick-up and return.

The convenient transportation option is now 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.

This year, SBCC members can join for $25, with rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus 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, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days,

“Zipcars is a new transportation option that SBCC is offering to help ease traffic congestion on and around our three campuses and to support a more sustainable environment,” said Joe Sullivan, SBCC Vice President of Business Services.  “It’s the latest in a number of updated options we encourage including biking, MTD buses, vanpools, carpools, employee shuttles, and trains.”

Participating Zipcar 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. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.

“The Zipcar program on campus gives students, faculty and staff the freedom of using a car without the hassles of owning one” said Katelyn Bushey, Zipcar Director of University Sales. “We’re happy to partner with SBCC to give their community a transportation option to fit their needs and their wallets.”

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

For more information on how to become a member of Zipcar at SBCC, please go to

For more information about SBCC’s sustainable transportation program, please go


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