What is Rideshare?
Rideshare is the shared use of a car by the driver and one or more passengers, usually for commuting. Carpooling arrangements and schemes involve varying degrees of formality and regularity. Formal carpool projects have been around in a structured form since the mid-1970s.
Why Should We Use Rideshare?
- Gas is expensive
- Costs are higher due to wear and tear on your vehicle’s engine and parts
- Driving is often stressful
- Socializing is good for you
- Oil imports cause trade deficits
- Car exhaust is the leading contributor to climate change
- Helps you and helps someone else
Facebook Car Pool Application
Facebook now has an application that is used to bring together those who wish to ride share. This application can be used to find rides to school, jobs, or even special events; you could never have to pay for gas because you could ride share everywhere! As carpooling goes up, down goes your ecological footprint.
Rideshare, Etc Online is a rideshare matching service which allows commuters to quickly find transportation options for carpooling, vanpools, transit, park and ride lots, and bike routes. Information provided to you is based on the choices you make when you register. For carpooling or vanpooling, the match report will show individuals with similar commutes and work hours.
Erideshare.com allows employers, schools, events, religions, clubs, and parents find potential ride matches. Just type in your zip code and start looking. We would like to utilize a discussion board for rideshare on the UW-Fox Transportation web link to allow students and staff to post thoughts and have conversations on the pros/cons of an online ride share site.
- It’s secure – your personal information is protected
- High precision trip matching helps you find the best carpool matches available
- Find co-workers, neighbors and friends for carpool
- Allows you to plan ahead or use on-demand
- Track CO2 savings through carpool
- Allows you to track your monetary savings through carpool
- Completely Free
No Emission Travel
What a better way to not only “go green,” but also be healthy! No emissions travel is a movement for people to start taking small steps towards using cars less and using other means of commuting such as biking or walking. UW-Fox Valley is a commuting campus with well over 1200 students driving to campus from one to five times a week. Choosing no emission commuting is a simple way to make a difference.
Five Reasons to Take Out Your Bike:
- The average person loses 13 pounds their first year of commuting by bike.
- 40% of all car trips in the U.S. are made within 2 miles of home.
- 60% of the pollution created by autos happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively.
- Just 3 hours of biking per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
- The U.S. could save 462 million gallons of gas a year by boosting bicycle trips just half a percentage point: from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.
UW-Fox Valley is biker friendly
Our campus would supports sustainability by providing bike racks at all major entrances to make it easier for students to bike to campus. Benefits to biking, rollerblading or even walking to school helps not only with emissions and spending less money , it improves personal health and wellness through the moderate daily exercise.
In addition, UW-Fox Valley is looking to partner with some area bike shops to offer discounts for those that are looking to purchase a bike. Stay tuned for more details!
Benefits to biking, rollerblading or even walking to school helps not only with emissions and spending less money , it improves personal health and wellness through the moderate daily exercise.
Biker Safety – Simple Tips
- Ride a simple bike that you are comfortable with riding.
- Wear a helmet.
- Check your bike’s tire pressure prior to any ride. Most gas stations have free air you can use to ensure you’re ready to hit the road.
- Plan your route in advance using Google maps or with mapmyride.com
- Use bike lanes when they exist.
- Ditch the iPod and headphones to allow you to be alert while riding.
- Be visible and wear bright colors during the day and something reflective at night.
- Be predictable and ride on the correct side of the road and not against traffic. Look around before turning and use hand signals.
Dressing the Part
While some bikers may break out the spandex, there is no need for your ride to campus! You don’t need special clothes, talents or biking gear to ride your bike to school. A few investments would be a helmet for safety and pant guard or ankle strap, which you wear near your ankle to protect your pants from brushing against the chain.
Area Bicycle Shops
Looking for more information? Try the following link if you wish to learn more about gearing up, local bike commuting resources, other green bike products, and many other tips and tricks about green transportation.
The nearest bus stop for UWFox is located on the south side of Midway Road. Learn more about Valley Transit.