Zipcars help Milwaukee's car-less get around town

CREATED May. 2, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 2, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - If you want to drive a car but don't want to buy one, there's a solution for you. For a relatively low cost, you can join Zipcar.

Zipcar is a car sharing program that's come to Milwaukee, and gas and insurance are included in the rate. 

Two Zipcars are currently available at North Farwell Avenue.

Ethan Schwalbe is a college student who's looking to save a little money.

"If you own a car, you do have to pay for gas and all that insurance," explains Schwalbe.

He hasn't used Zipcar, but said he'd consider it.

There are currently seven cars at the UWM campus.

“I walk or bus mostly," Schwalbe said.

But a Zipcar would help him out.

"If I wanted to get around town, it's much easier than taking the bus around town because it's much quicker and easier," adds Schwalbe.

Marquette University also has two cars, but now anyone can rent them. The cars will be available all the time at the corner of Farwell and North, and you can sign up online or on your phone.

It's so easy to use these Zipcars that people with iPhones or Droids can even download a mobile app that can lock or unlock the Zipcar, and make reservations 24 hours a day.

Zipcar is a private program, and it doesn't cost taxpayers a dime.

“There's no out of pocket expenditures whatsover for the city,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “We'll be looking for ways to expand this."

If you want to rent a car, there's a $60 annual fee. You can rent a car for an hour or several days, and have a choice between a Ford Focus and Toyota Prius.

You can find more information on Zipcar Milwaukee here.