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Ride-Share Week: how ridesharing works for Kodak’s employees

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.

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TransLink Ride-Share Week update

Ride-Share Rick!

A quick update on Ride-Share Week!

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!

Ride-Share Week: Carolyn’s real-life ridesharing story

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.

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It’s TransLink Ride-Share Week 2010!

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!

As well, check out Miss604’s Ride-Share Week contest for another way to win!

Friday fun poll: have you ever tried ridesharing?

I can’t believe I’ve never asked this question, but as it’s Ride-Share Week next week, I thought it would be appropriate!

Have you ever rideshared before?

  • Noooo! (74%, 74 Votes)
  • Yessss! (26%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 100

If you have rideshared, how did you get into it? And if you haven’t, it’d be neat to hear why you haven’t given it a shot.

It’s Ride-Share Week next week, Oct 4-8, 2010

A reminder that it’s Ride-Share Week next week, October 4-8, 2010!

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!

Spot the ride-share dummy and win at Capilano University today

Ride-Share Rick!

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!

If you can’t spot the dummy today, you can also win by signing up with the ride-share.com database. Have a look at the Ride Share Week page or the Capilano University Spot the Dummy page for more info.

As well, you can follow the adventures of Ride-Share Rick at the ride-share.com blog :)

Try ridesharing to Park & Rides or Olympic transfer hubs during the Games

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.

And if you’re curious about how real people do it, you can check out Jen’s real-life ridesharing story from Ride-Share Week last year :)

Ride-Share Week photo winner, plus more results from the week

The winning photo in the Ride-Share Week photo contest, taken by Mark Brennan.

The winning photo in the Ride-Share Week photo contest, taken by Mark Brennan.

Congrats to Mark Brennan, who you picked as the winner of the Ride-Share Week photo contest!

A big thanks to ApollineR for entering the contest too — you had a great photo as well!

Ride-Share Week was a great success, by the way. We saw 1,700 more people sign up at ride-share.com from October 5-9 — that’s the highest number that Ride-Share Week has ever signed up for the site!

We encourage all of you to check out ride-share.com too and try finding a ride-match, especially with the extraordinary challenges of Olympic travel coming soon.

It’s completely free and it’s very easy to sign up — here’s a real life ridesharing story to show how it can help you.

For more Ride-Share Week info, you can check out this press release we issued this week about the results.

And check this post for photos of the Ride-Share Bear, if you missed him out and about last week :)

Vote for the winner of the Ride-Share Week photo contest

We had two whole entries in the Ride-Share Week photo contest, so now it’s your turn to vote for your favourite photo. Vote below — you can click the pictures to see larger versions!

Voting will close on Friday, October 16 at 9 a.m. The person with the most votes gets a $100 gas card donated by Chevron!

Ride-Share Week: Enter the photo contest!

The Ride-Share bear with a ridesharing buddy in one of the Jack Bell Ride-Share cars! (They provide cars for your carpool, free!)

The Ride-Share bear with a ridesharing buddy in one of the Jack Bell Ride-Share cars! (They provide cars for your carpool, free!)

Remember to enter the Ride-Share Week photo contest!

The prize is a $100 gas card from Chevron. Click here for how to enter, and click here for more info on Ride-Share Week.

The contest ends tomorrow, and blog readers will vote on the winner!

So far, we only have one entry, so your odds of winning are very good :)

The Ride-Share bear with Mayor Gregor Robertson, and out at Broadway and Granville

The Ride-Share bear with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson!

The Ride-Share bear with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson!

Our Ride-Share bear ran into Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson this afternoon!

The bear was also out at Broadway and Granville this morning, raising awareness for Ride-Share Week. Many high fives were handed out, as well as ridesharing info and granola bars!

Check out all the Ride-Share bear photos from today in this Flickr set.

Plus, here’s more on Ride-Share Week and how you can rideshare, and Jen’s real-life ridesharing story.

One more bear photo from the morning!

The Ride-Share bear, out at Broadway and Granville this morning!

The Ride-Share bear, out at Broadway and Granville this morning!

Ride-Share Week: Jen’s real-life ridesharing story

Jen and Susan ridesharing!

Jen and Susan ridesharing!

So what’s it like to really be in a rideshare?

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.

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Ride-Share Week: info booths and bear sightings this week!

Learn more about ridesharing at our info booths this week.

Learn more about ridesharing at our info booths this week.

If you’re in downtown Vancouver and looking for more info on ridesharing, check out the TransLink Ride-Share Week info booths this week.

Volunteers will be out talking about ridesharing and helping people sign up at ride-share.com. They also have free Nature’s Path granola bars!

Here are the dates and locations:

Wednesday October 7
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
HSBC Building Upper Lobby, 885 W. Georgia St.

Thursday October 8
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Granville Square Lobby, 200 Granville St.

Friday October 9
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bentall II Food Court, across from Flight Centre
(here’s a map — the black X marks the spot!)

The Ride-Share bear!

The Ride-Share bear!

Sadly, the Ride-Share bear won’t be at the info booths, but he will be out for the Wednesday morning commute in Vancouver.

Watch for the bear waving at commuters at the following location:

Wednesday October 7
Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m
The corner of Broadway and Granville Streets

Thanks, Ride-Share bear!

The Ride-Share bear at Scott Road Park-and-Ride

The Ride-Share bear wants you to register at <a href=http://www.ride-share.com>ride-share.com</a>!

The Ride-Share bear wants you to register at ride-share.com!

I can’t help but share these pictures of the Ride-Share bear at Scott Road Park-and-Ride this morning. What a ham!

As I’m sure you know by now, the Ride-Share bear was out encouraging people to register at ride-share.com, as part of TransLink Ride-Share Week this week. Here’s the post with more info on Ride-Share Week.

And here’s one more photo of the bear!

Ride-Share bear!

Ride-Share bear!