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Published on September 18th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

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Zipcar Passes 1 Million Member Milestone

September 18th, 2016 by  


Multi-modal transportation choices are a clearly good thing — humans love having options, freedom. The success of  Zipcar car is a sign of the times, an example of how we have more options at our fingertips than ever before, and it just passed the 1 million member milestone.

I love the Zipcar video of someone picking up a Zipcar at an airport — it’s easier than calling a Uber, and private. It’s just one of many ways someone can use a Zipcar. My son, CleanTechnica director Zachary Shahan, used to pick us up from the airport in a Zipcar when we visited him in North Carolina after he moved there from Florida. He was living car-free in Chapel Hill and Carrboro at the time.

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Zipcar is the world’s leading carsharing network. It operates in 500 cities and towns. Found in 8 countries across the globe, Zipcar’s community is diverse, but it’s powerful to find out that 10% of members (“Zipsters”) get rid of a car after joining.

The vision of car sharing over car owning is that it improves quality of life and enables empowering changes like going car-free.

“Zipcar views success by the collective impact our community of a million members have had on the globe. With less cars on the road, cities can build more green space, reduce parking and congestion challenges and overall create a better place to live. The global community of over a million members has eliminated the need for more than 400,000 personally owned vehicles.”

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Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)



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