A Honda Civic (l) and a Kia Sorento are now available
for use by Zipcar enrollees.
Photo: Eric Bock
The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association
has entered into an agreement with the carsharing
company Zipcar to offer two rental cars
for use by staffers on the NIH campus.
The company has placed two cars, also called
Zipcars, on the top deck of the NIH Gateway
parking garage. Eventually, another vehicle will
be parked at the taxi stand on Center Dr. near
the Clinical Center’s north entrance.
One Zipcar is a Kia Sorento, a mid-size sport
utility vehicle, and the other one is a Honda
Civic hybrid, a sedan.
“NIH employees who ride the bus, take the Metro,
bike or walk to work will now be able to run
errands or go to doctor’s appointments in places
that previously were hard to get to,” said R&W
President Randy Schools. “Being able to rent a
car for only a few hours gives employees another
Zipcar’s discounted rate for NIH employees
ranges from $7.25 to $9.25 per hour, depending
on the size and make of the car. The rate
includes the cost of insurance and fuel.
Either car can be reserved by anyone who holds
a Zipcar membership. Reservations can be made
online, over the phone or through the Zipcar
mobile app. Anyone at least 21 years old who
has a valid credit or debit card and a safe driving
history is eligible to apply for Zipcar membership.
Drivers with international licenses are also
eligible to apply.
The Zipcars must be returned to their parking
spots after they’re driven.
To sign up for a membership, visit www.zipcar.