Dickinson College joins the RidePost Network

DIckinson College Rideboard

Hello Red Devils, we are sooooo happy to see you!

Alternative transportation on college campuses is a growing need and Dickinson College is the latest (and greatest) school to bring RidePost to campus. The new site gives students, faculty and staff members their own private ridesharing network: Dickinson.RidePost.com.

Dickinson College is the latest in a growing number of colleges and universities choosing to become leaders in sustainable transportation on campus while offering low cost transportation.

Exclusive to verified students, faculty, and staff, Dickinson now has a private ridesharing and carpooling network to meet the specific transportation needs of the campus community.

But this isn’t your old school hitch hiking, this is RidePost. Safety is key and on top of many other safety measures it requires a verified Dickinson email address to join.

As an added bonus, the school will now be using RidePost for all future holiday shuttle signups. The new network will streamline all future break shuttle signups making it easier than ever for students to find alternative transportation.

We are working directly with Dickinson’s administration to not only reduce the costs of transportation, but to lower congestion and reduce the number of cars on campus. You can learn more on Dickinson’s ride board here.

If you’re affiliated with Dickinson, be sure to check out RidePost Dickinson and start posting your trips, ASAP!

If you are affiliated with another college or university and would like more information about how to bring RidePost to your school please contact us at Universities@RidePost.com.

Still more questions about our private networks? Shoot us a quick note @ Hello@RidePost.com.

ABOUT RIDEPOST PRIVATE NETWORKS:

RidePost is the new standard in transportation services for colleges and universities. RidePost private networks help universities and organizations provide alternative transportation options while more accurately measuring activity specific to the campus community. Because the RidePost Private Network is exclusive to university only members, RidePost can translate that activity to miles, emissions, and cars on campus saved.

Cyber Hitchhiking: The RidePost Solution

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This summer there has been much attention on how the next generation, millennials, are shifting their transportation priorities. More people than ever are using ridesharing to get from point A to point B.

NPR has a great series on Youth Radio called The Changing Car Culture shedding light on how millennials get from point A to point B. The TODAY Show also had a spotlight on Cyber Hitchhiking and Teens.

Spoiler alert: Things are changing.

But how? Teens and younger people today are putting off car buying like never before, says a new study by the University of Michigan.

The reason is that the costs of owning a car continue to rise faster than incomes and are reaching a tipping point of practicality for many young people.

Think back, 10-15 years ago when a student went to college they had a car and a dining hall meal plan as their primary expenses. There was no cell phone bill, no wifi internet in their apartment and no NETFLIX subscription to watch. Fast forward to today when every student needs a cellphone, and wifi in the apartment is a must have. These new “required” expenses add up quickly to $150-$200 per month. However, students and their parents are not making an extra $200/month to cover these new costs. This forces other areas to be cut back. With the annual cost of car ownership topping $9,000 this is causing young adults and students to forego car ownership at record levels. Car manufactures are taking notice, as are universities and most importantly the people who are ditching car ownership like we have never seen before.

This is also why long distance bus carriers and Amtrak are experiencing record ridership numbers this year. However, buses and trains have limited point to point routes and are either too expensive or take too much time for many to rely on.

This is where long distance ridesharing with RidePost comes in. With RidePost you can go wherever there are roads and other people heading that way. However, unlike hitching of old, RidePost is a safe and social alternative to sticking a thumb out and riding with a stranger. With RidePost – you know more about the people you are traveling with than if you were to get on a plane, train or bus!
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So check it out today, and if you have any questions on how to get started – shoot us an email to Hello@RidePost.com.

Safe Travels!

The Summer Has Rocked, But SOO much more to come.

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The summer has rocked for us at RidePost.

First, we welcomed a record number of new members in June, then added another new record in July: and we are just getting started. August is shaping up to be another great month.

With that in mind we want to thank you for being with us along the journey so far.

One thing that really helps us grow is the feedback from our members (hopefully you). We take every suggestion to heart and work on improving RidePost based solely on member recommendations.

When we launched RidePost we had 100+ features we wanted to include in the initial launch, but thankfully we decided to stick with 5 core things that – just made it work. Since then, everything we add is driven by member only feedback. With that comes many improvements and updates.

In the coming months you will see and hear about some of these changes – wink wink. We think you will like some and probably will not recognize others. But as always – keep the feedback coming. Member only feedback is what drives us forward.

Also – we will be on the road quite a bit over the coming months (doing what we do best). If you would like us to stop and say hello while in your town, please let us know either on twitter @RidePost or in our contact form below.

And, if you would like to join the growing RidePoster Newsletter where we share early access and information with our members, you can sign up here: RidePoster Newsletter

Carry on!

Team RidePost

RoadTrip Stories: Josh Wu’s Roadtrip Across America and One Special Stop

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Everyone has a travel story. One of the benefits of the times we live is the freedom of mobility. At RidePost we love hearing travel stories. When Josh Wu told us about his cross country trip, we could not wait for him to share some of his stories. He, like so many, is in the midst of an epic road trip. Here is his perspective on the time he is spending.

Take it away Josh….

The great American journey from east to west coast has been a dream of many ever since the days of the Oregon trail. With the age of the automobile and Route 66, the cross country road trip became a rite of passage for writers, musicians, and dreamers alike. I’ve always wanted to take such a trip and finally decided to do it this year with my girlfriend before she moves abroad.

In the past, you had to have your own car or had to hitch hike and hope for a kind stranger to give you a lift part of the way. Nowadays, with technology at your fingertips and using RidePost and other websites, you can take such a trip without a car and meet fellow like minded travelers along the way. I have also traveled around Europe for months using ride sharing websites with great success, and made friends along the way, so I figured it was time to return the karma and give rides to fellow travelers.

By listing not just my itinerary, but also my interests and passion, people using the sites are usually excited to meet me and hear about my adventures. So the trip becomes more about the journey rather than the destination.

With that in mind, one highlight I’d like to write about is the town of Marfa, Texas. After leaving from California and driving through Arizona, New Mexico, and passing El Paso, Marfa is another 130 miles or so. Basically, Marfa is a West Texas town of 2,000 in the middle of nowhere. So what is the attraction and why has the New York Times and Vanity Fair written multiple articles about this place? Well, Marfa has become an artist village and a living monument to the possibility of “permanent exhibits” created specifically for the landscape. It all started with sculptor Donald Judd moving to Marfa with a vision of creating art pieces that would never be removed. From there, his vision grew into a reality as more artists and galleries became attracted to Marfa and its ideals. in fact on my tour there were people from as far away as France that made a pilgrimage. You almost have to see it to believe it.

Are you ready to check out Marfa, Texas? Check out what is waiting for you there on Roadtrippers, then save money and book your ride on RidePost.

Cheers!

50 to 500: Redefining transportation of 50 – 500 miles

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RidePost is a growing transportation network made up of thousands of normal people willing to fill empty car seats in order to dramatically reduce the cost of travel, while increasing access to transportation.

Our goal is no secret to those who know: RidePost is built to redefine transportation of 50 – 500 miles. (Take that old school!)

No denying that transportation habits are changing around us. With Amtrak hitting all time high ridership numbers, long-haul buses growing in popularity and airline occupancies rising rapidly; in addition to an increasingly mobile society – a new generation of travelers are redefining transportation in ways that have not been seen in decades.

But all of this change is coming at a cost to travelers. US airlines made $3.5 billion in 2012 on baggage fees, seemingly each month brings a new TSA controversy, train fares are out of reach for many and recent tests have shown the promise of free Wifi on long-haul buses falls short more often than not.

Riding with RidePost enables ordinary people to fill the billions of empty seats on our roads every year. Sharing a ride with other members of the community is the safe and social alternative to any trip.

As we continue to grow our network, we aim to redefine the 50-500 mile transportation mindset. So if you know anyone traveling by bus, plane or train soon – ask them about RidePost and see if they can turn an unpleasant bus trip into a comfortable weekend getaway with new friends.

Does the thought of “is it safe?” still sit in the back of your mind? Well, put it this way: with RidePost you will know more about the people you travel with than if you anonymously get into a bus, plane or train. RidePost gives you the tools you need to know exactly who you are traveling with before you ever get into the car with another RidePost member.

We have several exciting projects coming soon for our growing community and invite you to hop in and enjoy the ride with all of us.

To join RidePost for no cost, click here: Hop In with RidePost

For more information on how you can get involved in redefining the future of transportation, email us at Hello@RidePost.com

See you on the road!

A Local’s Take on DC: All Is NOT Politics In This Capital…

This Local’s Take is brought to us by Natalia Montalvo, one of our favorite DC-based RidePost members. We asked her to share some of her favorite DC spots for anyone planning a trip to our nation’s capital – enjoy!

Many have said (i.e. Thomas Jefferson), “All is politics in this capital.” For some that may be true – but DC has become a cosmopolitan city that offers more than just caucus conversations and historical sites. Without a doubt, the District has no deficit of museums, parks, and shops to visit while filling your minds with knowledge and culture. But once you’ve tipped your hat to Honest Abe on the monument steps (and affirm you could still ace American history), check out some of these spots to discover the other sides of DC:

Music Sensations

New Vegas Lounge

For over 35 years, New Vegas has become a DC institution. Nestled in the heart of Logan Circle, you’ll
hear the sounds of The Out of Town Blues Band (a 7-piece band) bursting from the entrance doors.
New Vegas Lounge is only open Friday and Saturday nights, bringing you best rhythm and blues this side of the Mason Dixon.

Alternatives: 9:30 Club, Black Cat, U St. Music Hall

New Vegas Lounge. photo credit: www.inthemo.com

New Vegas Lounge. photo credit: http://www.inthemo.com

Dining Destinations

Zaytinya

You can’t go wrong with this modern take on Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Jose Andres proves to never disappoint and this is a shining star in his collection of DC restaurants. The mezze-style menu allows everyone to taste a variety of dishes from traditional lamb, seafood, crispy Brussels sprouts (a-mazing!) and an endless supply of fresh pita bread to feed the masses. Even with seating of 282, this spot is packed every night of the week, so be sure to make reservations.

Alternatives: Bar Pilar, Masa14, Birch and Barley

A delicious dish from Zaytinya. photo credit: www.the-escape-artiste.com

A delicious dish from Zaytinya. photo credit: http://www.the-escape-artiste.com

Explorations

H Street. NE

H Street has gone through a complete revitalization bringing an array of new restaurants, bars, and
shops to this area. My favorite part of H Street is that many of the establishments are themed (and I love a great theme). What better way to celebrate spring than a German Biergarten? Check out Biergarten Haus for authentic German food and brews. Craving some Taiwanese-style ramen and dumplings? No problem, Toki Underground’s got you covered with a cool atmosphere to match. Looking to kill some time playing DC-themed miniature gulf, stop by H Street Country Club and attempt a hole-in-one while sipping margaritas. Feeling over-the-hill and want a great throwback night, Rock & Roll Hotel will have you on your feet and belting your favorite tunes.

Alternatives: None, you’ve gotta check this area out.

H Street Corridor. photo credit: www.washingtonpost.com

H Street Corridor. photo credit: http://www.washingtonpost.com

Rock and Roll Hotel. photo credit: blog.popularise.com

Rock and Roll Hotel. photo credit: blog.popularise.com

RidePost Partners with Firefly Music Festival

Happy Monday, everyone! We have some oh-so-exciting news to share with you: we are now the official ridesharing partner for Firefly Music Festival this summer! Here’s our super awesome section on the Firefly site:

RidePost to Firefly

RidePost to Firefly

Firefly is produced by the folks at Red Frog Events, who – through the efforts of their Green Team – brought us on to provide Firefly-goers a more sustainable and affordable transportation option.

So if you’re headed to Firefly up in Dover this June, be sure to book your trips with us. Why? Well, it’s a more sustainable way to travel and you’ll make new friends, of course! But perhaps ever better: we’re putting together some Firefly Survival Kits to help you make the most of your weekend with RidePost. Book your trips with us, and you’ll be entered for the chance at prizes, swag, and on-site competitions at the RidePost tent, live in Dover.

Visit the newest section of our site, RidePost Events – to find your travel companions for Firefly! Happy RidePosting :)

Book your trips to and from Firefly with RidePost! Visit www.RidePost.com/events/2

Book your trips to and from Firefly with RidePost! Visit http://www.RidePost.com/events/2

Not Your Typical College Spring Break: My Service Trip to Miami

Hey RidePost fam!

It is Spring Break time across the college nation which means one thing—ROADTRIPS! I had my break last week and just wanted to tell y’all a little bit about it: I got to go to Miami for the first time! I went as part of a mission trip with my church, Midtown. There were about 200 people on the trip and it has definitely been my best spring break ever!

High Points

  • The drive time! I traveled with the group I would be serving with all week in one huge 15 passenger van. Even though we didn’t know each other at all before the trip, we were great friends by the time we arrived in Miami after the 12 hour drive because of the great conversation we had! Roadtrips are infinitely better when you have good company to share the ride with.
  • That CITY! I had never visited Miami before but I do love that city! The skyline is absolutely stunning. There are so many cool areas to hang out as well. One night, my group got dinner in a cute area called Coconut Grove. That area closely resembles a small town with small store fronts and boutiques. We also hung out at the beach in Crandon Park that was GORGEOUS!
  • The weather! Since it has been SO cold in Columbia recently, it was nice to go somewhere where I could go ahead and break out all of my dresses I’ve been dying to wear!
  • Our awesome service site! My group was stationed at Crandon Park during the week and got to do some really cool service! On the first day, we worked in the tennis stadium that is hosting the Sony Open as we speak. Their tennis stadium holds around 14,000 people and they were expecting 250,000 for the whole tournament. And we also helped them beautify the grounds of the park around the beach.
  • The food! I had my first taste of Cuban food while in Miami and let me tell you, it is AWESOME! I’m pretty sure that if I could subsist totally on fried plantains and beef creole and rice—I would.

Overall, my first time to Miami was fantastic and I can’t wait to visit again! Where did you go for Spring Break? Did you send us your pictures for the SB2K13 Bucket List Challenge? Tell us about your trip in the comments below!

Meet Kyle J. (and catch a ride to SXSW!)

This week’s Meet & Greet is with Kyle J.!

Kyle and his band are making their way to Austin TX to perform at SXSW. His journey begins today, and they’ve got a lot of cool stops planned along the way. Check out his many trips in the coming week and hop in – this is your chance to tour with a band!

Here’s a bit more about Kyle:

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Favorite Roadtrip: Every tour that I get to do with my best friends. Chicago and Minneapolis both come to mind as far as cities we’ve gotten the chance to play.

Favorite Roadtrip Music: Jawbreaker, Quicksand, Turning Point, Tegan & Sara, National Public Radio, Pantera, Cave In

If I could RidePost anywhere, it would be: California, Massachusetts, or Colorado

Why I RidePost: To save money, to meet new people, and to be more environmentally conscious.

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More about Kyle: as a senior Journalism student at the University of South Carolina and booking agent for Hope This Helps Booking, he’s pretty involved in the local music scene of Columbia, SC. He encourages everyone to dig deeper into their local music communities because it’s a very unique and rewarding experience.