Zipcar has added some 50 Zipcar vehicles to its fleet of “hundreds of vehicles” with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the carsharing subsidiary of Avis Budget Group announced on April 21. The cars will be added to designated on-street parking spots across the city.
This expansion supports the goals of the new Philadelphia Transit Plan, which is designed to reduce reliance on personal vehicles and increase access to equitable, affordable, and sustainable forms of transportation, Zipcar said in a statement.
"Car share reduced auto trips and parking demands in Philadelphia neighborhoods. We are pleased that Zipcar has chosen to invest in Philadelphia and add to residents' transportation choices," said Mike Carroll, deputy managing director for the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) at the City of Philadelphia.
“While other car-sharing services have exited the city, this expanded partnership demonstrates how Zipcar is doubling down in its commitment to supporting the mobility needs of Philadelphians,” Zipcar said in the statement.
In a December 2020 survey of Philadelphia Zipcar members, 58% said they would like to see more vehicles parked on street.
In Philadelphia, nearly 81% of Zipcar members do not own or lease a car, and nearly 42% say they have postponed buying or leasing a car as a direct result of their Zipcar membership.