• Dec 14th 2006 at 8:08AM
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Most of us probably agree with my fellow blogger Sam that traffic in congested areas is bad, and it's not getting any better. Again, we also know that mass transit is indeed one of the best ways to combat the growing problem. However, that is not an option in many cities, where mass transit options are very limited.

One way to help with traffic congestion is to carpool. Carpooling works great when you have a defined trip that you take regularly, and know some other people who take the same trip. But, what if you are taking a special trip? Enter Ridester, a site that allows you to offer or look for other drivers who are making a similar trip. The site also has provisions for handling money and communicating with prospective fellow travelers via email or text based messaging. You can also view feedback from past travelers.

Benefits to carpooling are rather obvious, such as reducing the number of vehicles on the road, cutting down on the pollution of those same cars, and saving some money in the process by dividing the cost of the trip by the number of riders. Just be safe in choosing partners, and enjoy the fact that you are making an effort to help.

[Source: lifehacker.com]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      is this cheaper than Greyhound?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Totally agree on your first point.

      To bad that site is not free. I think there are better ways to check if someone is for real, and that is by asking other people about their experience of the driver.

      I have just started up one. I think its better then the rest but there still is some work to do. The service is 100% free so that makes it already better then most others dont you think? I dont think you should ask people money for sharing rides, it is a good thing they do and usually the people that do so don't have a lot of money to begin with.

      The site i am talking about is http://www.backseatsurfing.com
      • 8 Months Ago
      There's a bunch of good ride share websites, including GishiGo. Easy as pie and doesn't have weird "rules" nor "login/membership". Just use it and GO. Great network design.

      Check it out: http://www.GishiGo.com

      GishiGo is based on PayPal. Does a good job at naturally filtering out all the BS that's so very common on free anonymous websites like Craigslist and MySpace, etc. People refuse to put up the 99 cents if they are "just BS kidding" (like half the time on some websites), and they refuse to do any identification/papertrail if they are pervs. Seems there are a lot of weird ones on the "anonymous and socially open & politically active" Craigslist (that site is great since it has the eyeballs = the traffic). GishiGo seems to be good tool to use side-by-side with it!
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