6 Myths About Ridesharing Busted

6 ridesharing myths, busted.

We get many questions from our growing member base. Some of the more common things we hear at RidePost are about ridesharing myths.  So we decided to share some easy to digest answers to a few questions, Mythbusters style:

1.) My parents have taught me that getting into the car with a stranger is bad.

Mom and dad are right on this. Picking up a random vagabond on the side of the road with a thumb out or agreeing to get into a windowless van with the ice cream man is not the best way to go. Don’t do that. Ever.

This is why we created RidePost. When booking your trip on RidePost, not only will you know who you are travelling with ahead of time, but you can send mom/dad/friend/family/Facebook friends a unique Trip Itinerary link, where they can see:

  • Who you are traveling with
  • What your itinerary is and driving path
  • When and where you will be meeting
  • Info on your driver and passengers
  • Pre Trip conversations between drivers and passengers

2.)  Isn’t ridesharing like hitch hiking?

No. Fortunately alot has changed since the days of anonymous hitchhiking of 1970’s. Back in the day there was no way to check the reputation and personal information about others ahead of time.

Then the internet happened.

Thanks to online media, an entire generation of people are growing up with real reputations online. Using RidePost, you will know more about the people you are traveling with than you would if you get into a bus, a plane or a train. With RidePost, every driver and passenger self selects into the trip – so if you don’t want to ride with another person you can choose not to. Every traveler on RidePost must have a profile that connects with their social media, so you will see ahead of time if you have mutual friends, so you know exactly who you are dealing with before you ever get into the car with another member. Plus – you will see real and verified reviews of other people’s prior trips. So just like on eBay or Amazon.com where you can see how a buyer or seller has performed in the past, you can make a decision about a person based on their reputation and what others have experienced with them.

3.) What about the craigslist crazies?

Our enemy is anonymity. We believe that you deserve to know as much as possible about the person you are transacting with, before agreeing to book or buy. For this reason, there is no place for anonymous transactions in a post Facebook world.

You should know ahead of time who you will be traveling with, and make a decision of whether or not that person seems interesting to you. Because the only thing more important than the destination when traveling, is the people you are traveling with.

4.) Ridesharing is for unemployed hippies only.

Not true. Today in Europe there are over 2 million people sharing rides every month. In the US we have more cars, and more miles being driven in single occupancy vehicles. As gas prices and costs of car ownership continue to rise, a record number of people are turning to alternative transportation to get to where they need to go.

These are not just unemployed hippies. They are educated young professionals and savy business people. In fact, one of our biggest feature requests has been for a way to signup via LinkedIn. This is coming from a growing number of professionals who may not have a Facebook account, but have a LinkedIn account and are looking to save some money. Hello Networking 101!

5.) I don’t want to be stiffed by my passengers who say they will pay me $30 for a ride, but when we get to our destination they amazingly “forgot” they don’t have any cash.

No worries my friend. Everyone of our trips are booked in advance (ideally >2 days in advance). When a passenger requests a ride with a driver, they already have verified their credit card. As soon as a driver accepts a ride request, the passenger’s credit card is charged. This way there is no awkward cash transaction or doubt about the person’s ability to pay.

6.) I have a job, so I don’t have time to ride with someone else.

Not true. If you need to travel on a business trip or are just looking for a way to be more efficient on the road, ridesharing may actually improve your travel productivity.

Think of it this way, instead of driving yourself or shuffling between airports, you can ride shotgun while another RidePoster drives. This way you can spend all of your travel time working, running your business from the road and being productive while leaving the driving to someone else. Not to mention you will save money on travel, up to 75% of business travel costs, by using RidePost. If you are smart enough to have that job of yours, you know any boss would be happy if you save her money.

We hope this helps answer some of your ridesharing questions. If it was helpful to you we ask that you please share it with your friends or network. Help spread the good word.

If you have more please email us anytime @ Hello@RidePost.com.

The RidePost Support Team

Airport Shuttle: The RidePost Solution

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At RidePost, we have been testing a new spin on airport shuttles with selected pilot customers (no pun intended).

What have we learned? We have learned more and more people are seeking alternative transportation to and from the airport.

What do we do next? We will continue to refine this new transportation option and release it slowly for our members going forward.

Want to try it out? To become a member of our early launch team or to learn more how RidePost can help drive more customers to your transportation business, send us a note to Hello@RidePost.com, with the subject line “Airpost Shuttle”.

Travel Safe!

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!

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!

The Iron Yard Comes to Raleigh

Tomorrow is an important day for the teams at The Iron Yard: it marks Demo Day #2 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This morning Marty, Nik and Blair #rideposted from Greenville, SC up to Raleigh. John from team Spent joined us for the ride. It’s amazing how quickly the trip goes by when you’ve got three other people in the car to talk with.

Nik, John and Marty fueling up at the Love’s station for the trip to Raleigh

We got to Raleigh around noon and grabbed a bite to eat at Sam & Wally’s (it was right next to where we parked in downtown Raleigh) – then Marty and John headed over to the CED Conference, while Nik and Blair came to the Benelux Cafe to set-up the temp RidePost offices at the Historic City Market.

Anyone got any tips on what to do in Raleigh tonight? We’d love to hear from you!

To Raleigh!

Last (official) Week at The Iron Yard

So last week got busy for RidePost. Between the four of us, we covered some pretty decent ground. We’ll give you a breakdown of our mini-tour of the Southeast:

  • Monday. Robert and Nik in Charleston (Happy Birthday Robert! The Big 2-5!). Blair in Columbia. Marty in San Francisco (wheeling and dealing).
  • Tuesday. Blair and Nik in Charlotte (rubbing shoulders at the DNC with the recently launched Collaborative Economy Coalition, #nbd…). Robert in Greenville. Marty in San Francisco.
  • Wednesday. Blair, Nik and Robert in Greenville. Marty flies into Greenville. We all #RidePost to Atlanta for our first Demo Day. Marty kills it. Marty and Blair come home to Greenville. Nik and Robert stay and party it up with some amigos.
  • Thursday. Blair, Marty, Nik, and Robert all back in Apartment 1107 – with Shakey the Dog, too! Things are starting to feel normal again.
  • Friday. Blair, Marty Nik and Robert at the Next center to take in some @CoWork #ZeroDay action.
  • Saturday – Sunday. Decompress in Greenville for a weekend of food, sleep, and fitness where possible.

So that brings us to this week. The last (official) week at The Iron Yard. We’ll be sad to see our fellow teams leave. But for RidePost, we’re keeping the HQ right here in Greenville. So while it’s the last “official” week at The Iron Yard…we aren’t planning to actually leave this place anytime soon. That is, of course, while we’re not #rideposting our way around the country…

The view from the top: The Iron Yard Atlanta Demo Day at The Buckhead Club

How Honest Are You?

At RidePost, honesty and trust are paramount to our community. While we know it’s important, the folks at Honest Tea did something really cool: they actually measured how honest people are in the U.S. They went to 30 cities and set up un-manned kiosks, asking people to donate a dollar in exchange for taking a bottle of Honest Tea. They recorded what went down at each of the kiosks, and were able to quantify some pretty interesting behavior:

  • East Coasters (93%) are more honest than West Coasters (92%)
  • Women (95%) are more honest than Men (91%)
  • Brunettes (92%) are more honest than Blondes (90%)

You can dive in and see the results yourself, and even customize your results by lifestyle, appearance, location, and sport.

Overall,  the experiment was overwhelmingly positive: people are much more honest than popular culture leads us to believe. The least honest place in the country was Brooklyn, where 61% of all people still paid for their drink. That’s a relatively high number, considering it’s by far the lowest of all 30 cities included in the study. The cities that achieved 100% honesty: Oakland and Salt Lake City. Who’d have guessed these two cities would have so much in common?

The Honest Tea Honesty Campaign, as explained by Fast Company’s Co.Exist

Introducing RidePost Beta

To Our Awesome Friends,

We are excited to introduce RidePost beta today. It has been a long journey to get here and we appreciate everyone who has helped. Whether that help came in the form of input, advice, testing, feedback, criticism, motivation, couches slept on, hot coffee, warm meals, cold beer, dog treats, phone calls, emails, and anything else…from the bottom of our hearts…thank you. Your support has encouraged us to keep going. Your motivation helped us to bring RidePost back to life after thinking that the challenge was too big.

Today we decided to open up RidePost to anyone, anywhere. So that anyone can find a ride, anytime.

Our focus is on building the best, most safe, and most reliable transportation network in the country. Because we clearly see that our transportation system cannot keep up with our population and lifestyle. The transportation problems of 2012 are massive and well documented. The answer to these infrastructure problems is not solely new buses or faster trains. It is a more powerful and social alternative fueled by the people who need it most.

Progress is about challenging the status quo. It is time to make progress. Had Henry Ford not challenged the status quo, he would not have given birth to the Model-T and the freedom that comes with travel and access to mobility. It’s time to challenge the status quo. Together we have the tools needed to do so. Now it is time for all of us to execute. 

We created RidePost to change the way people travel. Travel today has become too expensive and too inaccessible for far too many of us. If you share in our passion for changing the way people travel, please join us at RidePost.

Thanks, and safe travels!
The RidePost Team

p.s.: If you don’t see something you want or need on RidePost today, let us know and check back often. We are updating the site daily to make it easier, safer and just plain better for you.