Duke University Launches RidePost Private Network

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Duke University launches a new rideshare and commuter network just for students and employees.

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

RidePost is the new standard for transportation on college and university campuses and Duke University joins a growing number of schools choosing to become leaders in alternative transportation on campus while offering low cost options for students and employees to carpool.

Exclusive to verified students, faculty, and staff – Duke 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 and current @Duke.edu email address to join. In addition, members can connect their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to increase transparency as well as see any mutual connections with others.

RidePost is working with Duke’s Parking and Transportation Services to not only reduce the costs of transportation, but to lower congestion and reduce the need for cars on campus. You can learn more about this in the Duke Today article

If you’re affiliated with Duke, be sure to check out Duke’s RidePost page and start exploring how you can save money on transportation.

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? Send us a quick note to Hello@RidePost.com.

ABOUT RIDEPOST PRIVATE NETWORKS:

RidePost is the new standard in transportation 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. Bringing the RidePost private network to your campus or organization is the simple, responsible and affordable way to showcase alternative transportation options to your community.

Contact: Universities@RidePost.com

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Dickinson College joins the RidePost Network

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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.

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

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 Journey with John P.

One of our members, John P., went on a most awesome roadtrip recently. Luckily for us, he emailed us this map of his route.

John P.'s latest roadtrip adventure

John P.’s latest roadtrip adventure

Our first response: holy $h!z@!

After recovering from our envy, we went ahead and asked John some questions to get a better idea of how this trip came to fruition. Hearing from John, it became evident that travel is about more than just taking a trip for the heck of it – it’s about connecting with friends and family – those were the ultimate destinations of his journey. But that didn’t keep him from having some fun and taking in some new sights along the way…

Here’s more of what he had to say:

RP: So, what was the reason for embarking on a trip like this?
JP: Reason #1: my girlfriend wanted to visit her family in Missouri. Reason #2: My best friend, from the Detroit area, invited me to party in Motor City, which we have done the last 3 years here and there…so I wanted to go back. and Reason #3: I wanted to visit long-lost friends, one currently in Iowa, two in Tennessee, and two more in Kentucky. So we made little detours along the way so we could all reunite.

RP: What were your favorite stops?
JP: I’ve enjoyed visiting Detroit and Canada in the past, however on this trip, I thoroughly enjoyed Nashville. It was my first time there for a substantial amount of time, so we got to see more sights and venues. West Virginia’s Hawk’s Nest was very scenic. The Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, MO was really nice. And the impulsive stops to the Jefferson-Davis Memorial, Anheuser-Busch paddocks and brewery were cool, along with the old Nash Capital near Vanderbilt, which was really epic. I really enjoyed visiting these sites the most. And finally meeting my girlfriend’s parents for the first time was the most important.

RP: Anything you’d wish you’d done differently / advice for future travelers?
JP: Wish we’d left earlier between stop to avoid some of the most treacherous road and traffic conditions I’ve ever traveled on. Departing Detroit, 94W between Ann Arbor and Chicago was definitely a challenge…and the blizzard in West Virginia on the return run was scary. I wish we’d had an AWD for the trip.

RP: Any plans for future trips?
JP: My friends actually just asked me that same question earlier today. We’ll get together this weekend or next and discuss. Most likely, it will be back to NYC, Tampa, Nashville, or DC. Will have to keep you posted!

Have you been on a roadtrip recently? Or are you planning to take one? We want to hear about it! Send us your travel stories at hello@ridepost.com. 

Here are some photos from John’s trip:

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Riding Safe with RidePost

We frequently get asked, “how do I know the person I’m riding with is safe?

We’ve made it our mission from Day 1 to give you the tools you need to make the decision. Because ultimately, one person’s version of “safe” might differ from another’s. The key is to make sure you reach your personal level of comfort: it’s all about what feels right for you.

The biggest way we’ve found people to reach their level of safe is to know as much about a person as they can, before the trip even starts. To this end, here are some things to check out on a fellow traveler’s profile before committing to travel together:

1. Facebook Profile. Every member on RidePost is required to log-in with Facebook…meaning you will (at the very least) be able to see that individual’s name and picture, along with their interests, friends, and networks. This is your first “sniff” test: does this person check out on the surface? If they’ve got an active Facebook page, with active friends, this says a lot about the person right off the bat. Use this as your first test.

2. Music, Interests & Education. These are just a few other ways to determine if this member is someone you might have something in common with, and sheds a bit more light on who this person is and what they are in to. Plus, members have the chance to upload pictures of themselves doing what they love to do – check these out and get more of a feel for the person.

3. Social Verifications. In addition to Facebook, members are able to verify other online accounts. These added verifications allow you to see an individual’s overall online activity – which sites they are a member of, how active they are, and if you have mutual connections/interests on any of these other sites. The more social verifications a person has, the more information you have to make an informed decision on whether this is someone you want to ride with or not.

4. Physical Verifications. Members are able to verify additional email addresses, their phone number, and their physical home address. While we never publish this information to the community, you are able to see that it is on file – providing added layers of transparency.

5. TrustScore. RidePost members have the option of displaying their TrustCloud TrustScore on their profile. The TrustScore is similar to a credit score – but instead, measures a person’s online behavior based on their presence across the internet. The higher the score, the more trustworthy the person.

6. Reviews. All RidePost members are required to review one another at the end of every trip. This allows you to see what other members of the community have to say about an individual, and helps inform how that individual will perform in future trips. Use the reviews to your advantage – trust what people have to say about someone, and evaluate how your peers affect your decision to ride with someone.

7. Groups. Last but certainly not least, check out which RidePost Groups a person is a member of. The more verifications a person can claim, the more insight you have on that individual.

My Profile Page

My Profile Page

I hope these tips help you to determine who you feel comfortable riding with. The profile page is geared to provide all the information needed for you to make the right call. Keep in mind that if anything ever comes up, we’re here for you 24/7 via chat on the site, email (hello@ridepost.com), or phone (864.381.7433).

Do you have any additional steps you take to determine if someone is safe to ride with? If so, let us know in the comments below! 

Our Turkey Travel Facebook Poll

We want to know how people are traveling this holiday season. So a couple of weeks back – after Thanksgiving – we created a Facebook poll that asked:

How did you get to and from your Thanksgiving destination this year?

The overwhelming majority of folks (74%) traveled by car. Of the respondents that traveled by car, 65% indicated that they shared the ride with at least one other person. Take a look at this infographic for the complete results:

RidePost's Thanksgiving Poll Results

While our poll was extremely simple and straightforward – we don’t have any demographic info to complement these findings, for example – it made us wonder: what do these results really tell us? Some thoughts/follow-up questions:

  • Nearly half of our respondents (48%) rideshared their way to turkey. YAY! How can we increase this number for the rest of the holiday season?
  • Over 80% of respondents’ Thanksgiving destination was within driving distance (including the 9% that stayed put). How will this change for Christmas? Hanukkah? NYE? Are people willing to travel further for these other holidays?
  • Of the 24% of people that drove alone – did they wish to drive alone? Were they unable to find a travel companion to share costs? Why/Why not?
  • How far in advance did people plan their holiday travel? Did those who rideshared plan further ahead of time? Or did they find their travel partners last-minute?
  • How did those who traveled via rideshare find their fellow travelers?
  • How do the increasing prices of planes & trains affect the decision to drive? Or limit travelers to “stay put” instead?

Amazing how one little question can prompt so many more. It seems everyone has somewhere to go…especially this time of the year. So what’s the process for getting there? And where does RidePost come in?

Our last question: how will YOU get home for the next holiday? If you haven’t already, be sure to post your holiday travel on RidePost. You could find someone to share the costs, and make the ride just a bit more merry :)