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Car sharing is once again coming back to the City of West Hollywood after a short hiatus.  This time around, the City is entering into a formal partnership with Zipcar, perhaps the best known name in car sharing programs, to place cars at five different locations.

“West Hollywood is a city that has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to urban planning and citizen/resident services,” said Mayor John J. Duran. “Zipcar is one of those initiatives that fit right into West Hollywood’s approach to smart urban planning and living.”

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As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce West Hollywood’s carbon footprint.  National studies have shown that each car shared takes 15 privately owned vehicles off the road, and that vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced almost 50 percent when car owners switch to car sharing.

“The partnership we have forged with Zipcar is designed to give residents and visitors an option when they have a need for a car for a short period of time,” said West Hollywood Councilmember John Heilman.  “The program is very popular in a number of locations in the country and in Southern California. We hope it will be equally successful in West Hollywood.”

“We’re thrilled to launch this new Zipcar program in West Hollywood and congratulate the City Council on their commitment to embracing innovative transportation options for the city,” said Dan Grossman of Zipcar.  “The Zipcar program in West Hollywood comes as a result of strong member demand in the greater Los Angeles area, and we’re excited to be able to serve our West Hollywood members through our brand new office on Cahuenga Boulevard, which we just opened this past December,” continued Grossman.

The Zipcar program will launch with 10 vehicles in reserved on-street parking spots in five locations throughout West Hollywood.  Zipcar and the City of West Hollywood have worked closely together to determine locations for the cars in areas with heavy foot traffic and access to public transportation, to offer high levels of convenience for area members.  The following locations have been identified and will host pods of two vehicles:

  • Hancock Avenue north of Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Fountain Avenue east of Vista Street
  • Orlando Avenue south of Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Poinsettia Place north of Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Orange Grove Avenue north of Santa Monica Boulevard.

Six additional locations are listed in Hollywood on the Zipcar website.   Other areas served include the USC and UCLA campuses.

The Zipcar program in West Hollywood is available to local residents and visitors, as well as to employees of local businesses through the company’s ‘Zipcar for Business’ program that offers discounted driving Monday through Friday.  Zipcar for Business helps businesses save money, meet environmental sustainability goals and reduce parking requirements by providing their employees with access to Zipcars for business meetings and more.

Gas, reserved parking spots, insurance, roadside assistance and up to 180 miles per day are included in the hourly and daily rates for Zipcar members. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for several days. Reservation rates start as low $8.75 per hour and $72 per day (24 hours) on weekdays and $9.75 per hour and $79 per day (24 hours) on weekends.

The City of West Hollywood will welcome Zipcar at a kick-off event and news conference to launch the car sharing program on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9 a.m. in the Auto Court at the new West Hollywood Library.

Zipcar is the world’s leading car sharing network and is a convenient, affordable transportation option proven to reduce parking demand, emissions and traffic congestion. Mayor John J. Duran and members of the West Hollywood City Council will speak as well as representatives from Zipcar who will be on site to demonstrate the Zipcar’s technology and mobile applications.

Zipcar is the world’s leading car sharing network with approximately 650,000 members and 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car.

For more information, including how to become a Zipcar member in West Hollywood, please visit

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