BC RideMatch is a website that puts students, faculty and staff in contact with other people in their area who are seeking to carpool to campus, a platform from which they can communicate and plan a safe and easily navigable trip. The site can help organize carpools, vanpools and group bike rides.
BC RideMatch, which branches off from Metro’s RideMatch, looks to help move the community to a sustainable future. Carpooling offers participants an opportunity to save money on gas by splitting the cost, meet and network with new people and decreasing the amount of cars on the road, lowering carbon emissions, which aligns with the RideMatch mission. The Office of Sustainability offers cash incentives to participants. “It’s really easy to win these,” Craig Hauser, transportation coordinator at the Office of Sustainability said, “because we give out a bunch of them every month.”
Participants have the chance to win $25 multiple times throughout each quarter. The first 25 people who successfully log and follow through with a carpool trip this summer quarter will receive $25. Each month, there is an additional chance for five carpoolers to win $25 by tracking their trips on the BC RideMatch website. One that isn’t listed on the BC RideMatch “New Prizes” info slip is that “if you create a new account and log your first trip, you will automatically be entered into a monthly drawing of $25.”
Hauser encouraged BC to check out the Office of Sustainability’s website, “They can check our school’s carbon footprint, and how much we’re getting from the solar panels that we installed.”