Students can pay to share cars at Oberlin

OBERLIN, Ohio - Oberlin College students who don't have cars can get rentals, if they're willing to share.

Cleveland-based CityWheels, a car-sharing program for occasional drivers, is entering a partnership with the college and a student environmental group.

CityWheels will offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to drive a fuel-efficient Toyota Prius or Scion xB for errands, shopping, appointments or other short trips, CityWheels founder Ryan McKenzie said.

Users will pay a one-time, $99 membership fee, a $4.99 monthly charge and $7.25 to $8.50 per hour to rent one of the cars.

The college, which has about 2,800 students, has agreed to pay half the membership costs for the first 100 people who join, president Nancy Dye said.

"We're a small town, and students don't have to do a lot of driving," Dye said. "But they need to get away sometimes. It's nice they can do so in environmentally friendly cars."

The program should help ease congestion and parking problems in this city about 30 miles southwest of Cleveland, said Andrew deCoriolis, organizer of the students' Environmental Policy Implementation Group.

"Our ultimate goal is to see fewer cars on the road, and this is a good place to start," he said.

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