Get to know your neighbours – at home and at work. Share a ride sometimes or every day. Save on parking, gas and car repairs. Whatever your reasons, carpooling can work for you.
Give a ride/find a ride
Finding friends to carpool with to a concert or a neighbour who works in the same area as you can be pretty straightforward. Finding a co-worker to ride with can be a bit more challenging.
Small workplaces can set up a self-serve bulletin board or map with pins or dots marking home locations. You might be surprised to find co-workers who live near each other or along the same route. Larger workplaces can choose to let a professional company do the ride-matching through online mapping technology (see list below). In this case, the more people registered increases the likelihood of finding a match.
Workplaces can encourage carpooling by providing preferential parking spots and marking them with signage noting these spaces are for carpoolers only. An example would be a parking spot closest to the entrance. This can be a great means of carpool promotion, especially in the coldest months of winter!
An Emergency Ride Home program at the workplace can make it easier to choose carpooling. It provides a bit of peace of mind when you know you can take a taxi in the event of a family emergency or another unusual event.