Geof Cryer, Health, Safety and Environment Manager for Kodak!
For this year’s Ride-Share Week, I thought it might be neat to see how some businesses have encouraged ridesharing in their workplaces.
So I spoke to Geof Cryer, Health, Safety and Environment Manager for Kodak, about the company ridesharing program implemented at their Burnaby office.
Have a read through—perhaps this can help your office encourage ridesharing in the workplace!
I understand that Kodak has really encouraged its employees to rideshare to the office. Can you tell me a bit about the program?
Well, we started with very little in the way of ridesharing. We were interested in reducing our environmental footprint—we have a green team that pushes environmental initiatives in general—and when we did a survey, we found that 80% were vehicle drivers, 52% were single occupancy vehicles. This has a massive impact. If you can do something about ridesharing, this will have more impact than turning off a few light bulbs.
So we wanted to get together a program that would work comprehensively. There was a huge opportunity to improve!
Where is the Kodak office located? Is there anything that makes your location more conducive to ridesharing rather than transit?
We’re in Burnaby, at Kincaid and Gilmore. It’s a 20 minute walk to nearest SkyTrain. Buses stop right outside our office, but many of our 550 employees are living out in Tri-Cities, North Vancouver, and Surrey. So the commute will be very long if you take the bus service. I can’t remember the exact times for Port Moody, but the transit trip in itself is something in excess of an hour and a half. So some sort of personal transport is definitely needed.
Just wanted to make sure you knew that Vancouver Is Awesome is doing a Ride-Share Week contest, where you can win a B.C. Ferries pass. You can also enter another Ride-Share Week contest for a Ferries pass over at Miss 604!
And Ride-Share Rick has also been out and about this week — above he is at a New Westminster transportation fair!
Carolyn Reitzel, using another transportation alternative!
For this year’s Ride-Share Week, Carolyn Reitzel has kindly agreed to share her ridesharing experience with everyone!
Hopefully this will help you get an idea of what ridesharing is all about, and how people do it in practical reality.
Carolyn does a casual rideshare from Langley to SFU Burnaby, and here’s a bit about her experience.
Tell me about your current ridesharing trip. Where do you go? Who do you ride with?
My current rideshare is with a person who doesn’t have a vehicle. She catches a ride home with me because she doesn’t start at the same time. We have an agreeable price, which is the equivalent of bus fare for each trip. Normally we drive home Monday to Friday, unless one of us is ill or indisposed.
It’s TransLink Ride-Share Week from October 4-8, 2010!
You can win fabulous prizes this week just by signing up at ride-share.com, the free ride-matching database from Jack Bell Ride-Share. There’s Chevron gas coupons, B.C. Ferries ferry vouchers, and a grand prize of two VIA Rail tickets through the Rockies in sleeper class, worth $2500!
If you’re curious for more about ridesharing, have a look at the video above to learn more about the service. You can also check out Jen’s real-life ridesharing story from last year.
And this week, I’ll have a few more ridesharing stories to help show everyone how it works in the real world.
What are the benefits? Well, here’s just a few:
Ridesharing can save you money! Check out the 2010 CAA Car Costs brochure: if you drive 18,000 km a year, the annual cost of driving a small sedan is $8,524, a minivan is $11,590, and a hybrid is $8,808. You can offset some of this cost if you share the ride with someone.
Since it takes cars off the road, ridesharing can cut down emissions and traffic congestion.
Ridesharing provides a faster alternative if you live somewhere with less than stellar transit access.
Having someone around relieves boredom on a long drive. As well, you can sometimes take a nap while someone else drives (a ridesharer I interviewed once said this was the chief reason he loved ridesharing :)
You might just make a friend!
Anyway, with ride-share.com, you can organize a regular carpool or a casual rideshare a few times a week. You can also do one-time rideshares to specific events like concerts. The site also provides company portals, so if you’re an employee of, say, eBay, you can just look for ridematches within your own company.
Sign up to rideshare, or just sign up your existing rideshare arrangement so other people can join your group. All of you plus the current ridesharers will be entered to win the gas cards and ferry passes!
Think about giving ridesharing a try next week: through ride-share.com, the free ride-matching database from Jack Bell Ride-Share, you can organize a regular carpool or a casual rideshare a few times a week. Or one-time rideshares to specific events like concerts! The site also provides company portals, so if you’re an employee of, say, eBay, you can just look for ridematches within your own company.
And during Ride-Share Week, you’re entered to win prizes of Chevron gas coupons, B.C. Ferries passes, and more, just by signing up at ride-share.com.
Stay tuned for a couple ridesharing stories on the blog next week, too!
Ride-Share Week is coming up in the first week of October, and we’re doing a bit of advance promotion to get people thinking about sharing their rides.
As such, look for the Spot the Dummy campaign at Capilano University today, Tuesday September 21!
The Ride-Share Week folks will be moving a ride-share dummy, dubbed Ride-Share Rick, around campus. If you spot him, tweet the location to @BCrideshareweek or post its location to BCrideshareweek on Facebook. You could win Chevron gas vouchers, Tim Hortons gift cards, and more!
Our Olympic communications team has heard that some people are having difficulty finding space at the Park & Rides around the Lower Mainland—even with expanded facilities for the Games.
If that’s the case for you, you might want to share a ride to a Park & Ride instead of driving alone. Match yourself with a driver or passenger at www.ride-share.com—it’s a free ride-matching service, and the video above explains how it works!
Through ride-share.com, you can help share the cost of driving and cut greenhouse gases as you travel around. They’ve just added new info on registering to get to and from Park & Rides in the region.
Ridesharing is also a great option to find a ride going to Olympic events at Cypress Mountain and Whistler, when Olympic Bus Network buses leave transportation hubs before the start of TransLink services.
We asked Jen, who kindly agreed to share her ridesharing experience with everyone.
Jen rideshares with Susan from Ladner to downtown Vancouver—and actually really enjoys it!
What’s your current rideshare arrangement? How did you come to get together with Susan?
Susan picks me up at a designated spot every morning. We live and work within a few blocks of each other, so it’s convenient for us both. Because we leave work at different times in the evening, we do not rideshare home. I take the Canada Line and connecting bus home in the evening. Anyone looking to rideshare from downtown to Ladner in the evenings?? :-)
How did you get involved in ridesharing in the first place? Have you been ridesharing for a long time, or is it new?
About three years ago I was having trouble getting on the South Delta buses heading into Vancouver. They were overly crowded, and I was finding that I had to wait almost half an hour in the cold just to get on.
I was prepared to start driving in to avoid this, then my husband suggested that I try the Jack Bell Ride-Share program. I went to the online Ride-Share site, created a profile, and within a few days I had two matches. Both people lived and worked within a few blocks from me.