skip navigation nih record
Vol. LXVI, No. 25
December 5, 2014

previous story

next story

R&W Brings Car-Sharing to NIH

A Honda Civic (l) and a Kia Sorento are now available

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 transportation option.”

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. com/NIH-employees.—Eric Bock

back to top of page