Carpooling is a great way to have a better trip to campus. You will meet people, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Carpooling has been a long-standing activity at Lincoln University, with our first initiative "RideShare" starting back in 1998. RideShare was a joint venture between the University and Landcare Research, who both produced a web forum for staff and students to share transport and costs when travelling to and from Lincoln. This has gone through an evolution over the years and is shortly to be retired and replaced. In its stead, SAGE are advocating the use of Jayride as Lincoln University's online carpool system.
The new Jayride system is free and you can use it to find a carpool or share your own, with anyone inside or outside the University who is travelling the same route.
If you're sharing a ride in your car, then you can also share driving duties or simply list how much you need towards your expenses like petrol and parking.
Why not try it now?
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10 reasons to carpool
Carpooling to work has a lot of benefits. It helps your environment, your economy, your community, and even better it helps you personally to enjoy your commute, travel faster, easier, and save thousands of dollars every year. Want to know more? Here are 10 great reasons to give carpooling a go!
- Save money on petrol
No one likes to pay for petrol. If you share your petrol bill with just one passenger, then you'll save 50%. That’s a 50% saving on your petrol bill, every time you fill up. If you can save $5 on petrol driving to work then carpooling will save you $2,400 every year.
- Save money on parking, maintenance, insurance
You car costs you more than just petrol. You also pay for parking, insurance, repairs, maintenance and even worse your car will eventually depreciate until it's worthless. If you carpool you can reduce all of these costs too.
- Get to work faster
Do you live near a transit lane? Have you ever watched other cars fly past while you are stuck in traffic? Don't watch them – join them. If you carpool you can drive in transit lanes, wake up later and get home earlier.
Driving can be stressful. It requires your concentration for hours at a time, but if you carpool then you don't have to drive as often. A University of California study shows you are likely to have lower blood pressure if you carpool: That's a fact!
- Do more with your time
Driving every day is a waste of your time. Wouldn't you rather be enjoying a conversation, or reading a book? If you carpool you will have more time for those things that you'd rather be doing: You can do them from the passenger seat.
- Get to know your workmates
Setting up a carpool can help you meet your workmates. You get to meet and talk with other great people from your organisation, every day. You can turn down that radio and bring a little fun and conversation to your morning drive.
- Make our community more livable
More cars mean more congestion, and fewer car parks for everyone. It means more traffic noise and pollution around our area. If you carpool then you're helping to improve our community for everyone, including yourself.
- Support our local economy
A large portion of the money you spend on petrol goes off shore to pay for crude oil. Why not support local businesses instead? If you save money by carpooling, that's more money to spend locally to support the people and area you care about.
- Support our environment
For most people driving is the single biggest contributor to their carbon footprint. This means that cutting down on driving is the biggest action you can take to make your life more sustainable. If your carpool has one passenger, in an average car, on an average commute, you'll avoid 3.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year! Carpooling can make a real difference.
- It's so easy to get started
Now it's easy to get started carpooling. The "Jayride" carpool system will let you advertise and find a carpool to work with other people who live near you. You can share driving on alternate days, or ask for a contribution towards your expenses, it's easy.
If you have any comments regarding transport to campus, carpooling or Jayride, SAGE would like to hear from you. Please contact the group by emailing email@example.com.