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Have you ever been frustrated with car maintenance issues, the price of gas, parking costs, or even ALL of the above? If so, then maybe you should think about taking the Zipcar Low-Car Diet Challenge.

What is the Low-Car Diet?
For one month, Zipcar is asking you to put down your keys and find out what the Zipcar way of life is all about. Folks from all over North American Zipcar cities will rise to the challenge, committing their keys and their consciences to being car free. They’ll be tweeting, taking photos, and logging miles biked, walked, and driven during their Low-Car Diet experience.

What do you have to do?
Aside from committing to parking your personal vehicle for one month and sharing all the details of your experience, Zipcar asks that you attend the opening and closing ceremonies, where you’ll get to meet your fellow Low-Car Dieters. You may also be asked to give interviews to the press or chronicle your experiences in more depth.

What’s in it for you?
Participants will get their first year Zipcar annual and application fee waived, and driving credit (along with a “car-free” survival kit filled with goodies from our sponsors) for the duration of the program.

So what do you say? Are you up for the Low-Car Diet?
Fill out Zipcar’s questionnaire here. 30 participants per city will be chosen. Low-Car Diet will begin September 14 and end on October 12. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 12:13 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Brilliant!RideshareOnline.com recently launched the 2010 summer ridesharing promotion. This year RideshareOnline.com is challenging commuters to be brilliant! when it comes to traveling to and from work. Carpool or vanpool at least 2 days per week between August 9th and September 19th and add those trips to the tracking calendar in RideshareOnline.com for a minimum of one week during the promotion period (8/9/2010 – 9/19/2010). Qualifying participants are  eligible to win a luxury trip (three days, two nights and a $50 gas card for travel expenses at one of 5 premier hotels in Washington, Victoria, BC or Idaho) or an Apple iPad! And as a bonus each week, new or returning RideshareOnline.com registrants will be eligible to win a $50 MasterCard gift card.

This is a no brainer! You’ll save money, reduce wear and tear on your car and spend less on gas during the promotion. You may even decide continue your new commute since sharing the ride is good for you and the environment!

Eligibility Details:
To be qualify for the prize drawings, participants must carpool or vanpool to work at least two days for a minimum of one week during the promotion period, and add their trips to the tracking calendar in RideshareOnline.com

Prize Details:

  • The RideshareOnline.com grand prize winner will receive an Apple iPad!
  • Five people will win three days, two nights, dining credits for two and a $50 gas card for travel expenses at one of the following luxury hotels.
    Grand Pacific Hotel, Victoria, BC. Includes high tea, and round trip transportation from Seattle.
    Coeur d’Alene Resort, Idaho. Includes a lake view room and $150 dining credit.
    Hotel Pan Pacific, Seattle. Includes $75 dining credit at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar.
    Hotel Davenport, Spokane. Includes $50 dining credit and $100 spa credit.
    Hotel Murano, Tacoma. Includes tickets to the Museum of Glass and breakfast for two.
  • PLUS – Each week, one lucky person will WIN $50 just for registering at RideshareOnline.com or running a ridematch during the promotion.

What are you waiting for? Register today and WIN! Visit www.RideshareOnline.com, or call 888-814-1300 to get started in a carpool or vanpool.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 4:14 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

In a pilot program this fall, 250 drivers with GPS-enabled smartphones will offer empty seats in their vehicles to 750 riders along the SR 520 corridor, in real time and with no prearrangement. The program, made possible by a $400,000 contract from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT),will test the viability and feasibility of flexible carpooling along the congested east-west link.

Flexible carpooling – also called slugging, casual carpooling, and instant carpooling – is a new option for commuters to get to and from where they need to go by sharing the ride with no prearrangement. This type of carpooling is popular and effective on certain corridors in the Bay Area and DC.

Each ride match will be automatically verified using Avego Corporations’s Shared Transportation system, a smartphone app that combines real-time ridematching with fully automated security features, real-time passenger information, and electronic micro-payments between rider and driver based on vehicle miles traveled.  The system creates an incentive for drivers to conduct at least 20 ride matches per month, resulting in 30,000 fewer trips over the 6-month duration of the pilot.

Avego will partner on the program with Nelson\Nygaard and the University of Washington, who will handle marketing and outreach, and pilot program evaluation, respectively.

For more information, including safety features and project goals, check out what WSDOT and Avego have to say about the pilot. You can also check out Avego in action by watching this video:

Do you think real-time ridesharing will be the answer to the community’s congestion? Is this a service you would use? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Friday, August 6th, 2010 2:58 PM | by admin | Comments (1)

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