Improved Kootenay Rideshare site up and running

Road transportation is responsible for 46 per cent of the average Canadian’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Road transportation is responsible for 46 per cent of the average Canadian’s greenhouse gas emissions. The average yearly cost of operating a vehicle can be as high as $8,600 a year or $23 a day. Traveling together and sharing the movement of goods not only saves money and is more environmentally sound, but can help your neighbors and possibly connect you with new friends.

Kootenay Rideshare has become a community institution for informal carpools and one-time trips. The program is administered by the West Kootenay EcoSociety as a means to reduce greenhouse gasses and single passenger vehicle trips.

With Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives grants from New Denver and Silverton, the North Slocan’s Healthy Community Society teamed up with the West Kootenay EcoSociety to enhance the Kootenay Rideshare website. The improvements have made the site more user friendly and it has some specific elements to help users who reside outside of Nelson. New features include the transport of goods, maps, and a filter to eliminate inapplicable rides.  It is no longer necessary to read through the long list of people going everywhere.

“These improvements will make the site easier to use, and I hope they will help people find rides all over the region and the province,” said EcoSociety’s David Reid. “We are hoping for another round of improvements to improve access on the fly for smart phone users, and to promote the site so it sees even more use.”

The site is at


Just Posted

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Leafs Roundup: Nelson goes 3-for-3

Leafs beat Creston Valley, Osoyoos and Spokane

Voters pack Nelson mayoral forum

Candidates answered questions from journalist Glenn Hicks

EDITORIAL: Nelson mayor’s race uninspiring

An incumbent mayor, a former mayor and a clown walk into a forum

VIDEO: Monday Roundup!

Elections stuff, youth homelessness, WEED!

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

Most Read