The Boston Globe reported today that the local company, Zipcar, which has expanded rapidly over the past decade has been sold for nearly $500 million to Avis. According to terms of the deal, Zipcar will become an Avis subsidiary and and will continue with its planned move to new headquarters in Boston’s Innovation District. Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith as well as Mark Norman, president and chief operating officer, will stay with the company.
Will this successful, hip, young company lose it’s coolness factor now that they’ve been gobbled up by Avis? I’ve asked a friend who works there if he was given an Avis name badge and clipboard when he walked into the office today. It seems that many believe while this might make sense on paper, Avis is sure to destroy what made Zipcar so admired. Check out the Washinton Post’s scathing blog post How Avis will ruin Zipcar.
Zipcar formerly announces tomorrow (Tuesday) they will have cars available in Provincetown this summer. Cars will be located at the Harbor Hotel at 698 Commercial Street – deep in the East End.
Will you be spending much time in Provincetown this summer? Are you a Zipster? Will you be making use of Zipcar in Ptown this summer?
Cambridge, MA-based Zipcar is contemplating expanding their car-sharing service to Provincetown, MA this summer by piloting a program that would begin around Memorial Day.
Zipcar is in conversations with the Harbor Hotel, which is deep in the East End at 698 Commercial Street, and they have developed a quick survey to get your feedback. Take a moment and let Zipcar know your thoughts about expanding their car-sharing service to Provincetown by taking their Ptown Survey.
This summer I participated in a program from Zipcar called the “low car diet”. The program Zipcar hosts in cities through out the United States and Canada encourages individuals to forsake their cars and seek alternative means of transportation for an entire month. I wrote about the program here, here, here and here.
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Monday, August 1st signals the start of the second week of the Zipcar low-car diet program. The intention of the program is to encourage people to use alternative forms of transportation both to live a healthier life and reduce our dependency on our cars. I wrote a bit about the program last week in my post, Zipcar low-car diet 2011. You can also find out more by visiting, www.zipcar.com/lowcardiet.
This past week Sergio and I have forgone our car, which ironically is in the shop. For the most part we’ve relied on our bicycles and walking to get from point-A to point-B. I have not used a single taxi cab or driven even a .1 of a mile this first week, which I’m fairly certain is a first for me.
How have we modified our lifestyle to accommodate the low-car diet? We’ve increased the amount we walk and use our bicycles much more. For example Sergio has used his bike to get to and from the college he teaches. I’m rather proud of him for being such a good sport and doing this since I never consulted him about participating in the Zipcar program. I may have caused irreversible harm to our local economy by forsaking taxi cabs. I’m not sure if there has been a solid week since moving to Boston in the late 90s that I have not used a car. All I can say to Boston taxi drivers is I’m sorry. However, I have to admit – I don’t mind the walking (even when its late after a fun night out at the bars).
Last week I was selected to participate in a promotion called the Zipcar: Low-Car Diet. For those unfamiliar, Zipcar is a car-sharing program that started here in Boston and is now in 50+ cities in North America and the U.K. The idea of a car-sharing program may seem strange, depending on where you live, but here in Boston and in cities around the country its been hugely successful.
What is Zipcar’s promotion all about? The Low-Car Diet is a 30-day challenge not to use my car starting Monday, July 25th. I’ll be seeking alternate forms of transportation, such as Zipcar, my bike and feet to get me most places. I’ll be recording how I get from point-A to point-B for the next 30-days. I’ll do my best to keep you posted. You can see my profile on the Zipcar Low-Car Diet profile page
In a somewhat related story, earlier this month, Boston became one of the first US cities to implement a comprehensive bike-sharing program. I hope that Boston’s bike-sharing program
which includes 600 new bikes in more than 60 bike stations throughout the city will prove to be as successful as Zipcar.