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Zipcar survey

Nov. 25, 2010 @ 09:41 PM

Marshall University recently conducted an informal e-mail survey to Marshall e-mail holders, which had 268 respondents in the two weeks it was active.

Here's a breakdown of the survey:

268 total respondents: 145 undergraduate students, 39 graduate students, 52 staff members, 32 faculty members

178 indicated they were 21 or older, and 28.5 percent stated they lived on campus.

19.1 percent stated they walked to work or school; 8.8 percent indicated carpooling; 2.5 percent ride a bike.

"If car sharing were available on campus, how often would it be convenient for you to use?"

27.2 percent said if the service were available, they would use it about once a week; 27.2 percent said they would not be likely to use it; 19 percent said almost always; 15.3 percent said about once a month; and 11.2 percent said a few times per year.

64.5 percent said they would use a car-sharing program for personal driving compared to 35.5 percent who said it would be for work-related driving.

81.8 percent said they would use it on the weekdays, compared to 18.1 percent who said they would use it on the weekends.

81 percent said the Zipcar service would he highly or somewhat valuable to them.

Only 25.1 percent said they were aware of what the Zipcar service was before taking the survey.

How Zipcar works

SIGNUP: Signing up takes place online and includes a driving record check. Most approvals are done with 24 hours. Membership is $35.

RESERVATIONS: Vehicles are reserved online at www.zipcar.com. Members can browse cars that are nearby or search by time, location or model. Vehicles can be booked within minutes or months in advance.

Accounts can be managed online.

ACCESS: Zipcar vehicles are accessed by going to designated parking spaces and holding the Zipcard against the card reader embedded in the windshield. Using radio frequency identification technology, the vehicle knows you have a reservation and the doors unlock (also used to lock vehicle).

The keys are tethered to the dash, and the vehicle won't start with the proper Zipcard being swiped to open the door.

COST: Most Zipcar rentals are $8 per hour or $66 per day. This fee includes insurance and fuel. A fuel card is located in the vehicle and is used at any pump. When the fuel card is swiped, members will be prompted to enter the vehicle's mileage and their personal member number.

FOR YOUR PHONE: There also is a Zipcar App, a mobile website, alerts and two-way text.

PARKING: Vehicles are returned to reserved parking locations and locked up. Trip details are available online within a few hours.

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