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!

Western Carolina University joins the RidePost Family

Western Carolina University is the lastest university to partner with RidePost to bring students, faculty and staff members their own private university ridesharing network: WCU.RidePost.com! Exclusive to students, faculty, and staff, Western Carolina now has a closed ridesharing and carpooling network to meet the specific transportation needs of the University and that requires a verified WCU email address to join.

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RidePost at Western Carolina University

RidePost created private networks to help universities and organizations provide alternative transportation options while more accurately measuring ridesharing and carpooling activity specific to their community. Because the network is exclusive to university and organization members, RidePost can translate that activity to miles, emissions, and cars on the road saved.

We are working directly with Western Carolina’s administration to not only bring down the costs of transportation, but to lower congestion and reduce the number of cars on campus. You can learn more on Western Carolina’s website, here.

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

If you are affiliated with another college or university and would like more information about RidePost please visit us here, or email us at hello@RidePost.com.

Still more questions about our private networks? Shoot us a quick note below!

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

The RidePost Notification Bell

We’ve added a little something-something to the RidePost site that we’re hoping will make your experience with us that much more delightful. It’s all about the RidePost Notifications, people.

Now, when you log-in, you’ll notice a bell in the top navigation bar. That little icon signifies us, Team RidePost, calling for your attention. When you see said bell with an orange-encapsulated exclamation point – you’ll know you’ve got something to tend to. Is it a new trip request? A pending trip review? Or did someone comment on your trip? Simply hover over that little bell and all will be revealed…

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Pretty nice, right? We thought so, too. Let us know what you think!

Clemson University Joins The RidePost Family

Clemson University has partnered with RidePost to bring the Tigers their own private ridesharing network: Clemson.RidePost.com! Exclusive to students, faculty, and staff, Clemson now has a closed ridesharing and carpooling network of their own that meets the specific needs of the University and that requires a verified Clemson email address to join.

RidePost Clemson

RidePost Clemson

We recently created private networks to help Universities and Organizations more accurately measure ridesharing and carpooling activity specific to their community. Because the network is exclusive to University and Organization members, we can translate that activity to miles, emissions, and cars on the road saved each day / week / month / year / etc…

We’re working directly with Clemson’s Parking & Transportation Services to not only bring down the costs of transportation, but to lower congestion and reduce the number of cars on campus. You can learn more on Clemson’s website, here.

Clemson Parking & Transportation Services' Ride-Share Program

Clemson Parking & Transportation Services’ Ride-Share Program

If you’re affiliated with Clemson University, be sure to check out RidePost Clemson and start posting your trips, asap!

Questions about our private networks? Shoot us an email at hello@ridepost.com!