Introducing Kootenay Rideshare 3.0

Improved Ecosociety website will connect Kootenay commuters.

The updated website includes increased privacy for users

Have you tried Kootenay Rideshare 3.0?

“This is a way for carpoolers, drivers and passengers to get in touch with one another to organize rides within the Kootenay region or to destinations outside,” West Kootenay Ecosociety’s Montana Burgess told the Star about the new website launched on Nov. 29.

“It’s kind of like Airbnb in the sense that now there’s user ratings, which is a neat way to establish a little more accountability for users on the site.”

That means there will be consequences if somebody speeds, or doesn’t show up, or acts rude.

“There’s a privacy piece where emails and phone numbers aren’t shared through the site. They’re only exchanged once people start messaging each other.”

Employees of the Ecosociety have spent the last year revamping the site, adding user ratings and making the design more intuitive.

They’ve also made it mobile-friendly.

“A future version would be an app. If we can get the funding to do that, that’s a direction we would love to go.”

Burgess believes there are three main benefits to the rideshare: users save money, it’s helpful for people in rural areas with limited transportation options and it decreases the pollution going into the environment.

“Another reason people use it is to build community. Folks have found that having that space to connect with people, especially over long road trips or recurring carpools was a great way to meet their neighbours and make friends.”

So far 1.7 million tonnes of carbon have been saved through ride-sharing according to the Ecosociety’s calculations.

“The reason this is so successful is because people know about it. We haven’t done big promotions yet. To make it successful beyond we need to go into those communities and promote it.

The rideshare is free to use and can be found at kootenay.ride-share.org.

 

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