RIDE Solutions Newsletter, February 2014

 

Log Your Trip, 
Win Cash.
Taking advantage of your transportation options just got more rewarding. Each bus, bike, or carpool trip you log gives you one entry into a monthly prize drawing for cash and more.  Become a member or log into your account to start earning entries today.
 
Members
Keep your member profile updated with your latest commute information by logging into your account.
 
Become a Member
Becoming a member is easy.  Register at the website to get access to contests, carpool matching, trip planning resources, and more.
 
 
Local News:
Roanoke:
 
Lynchburg:
 
Statewide:
The Virginia Bicycling Federation is tracking a number of bike-safety related bills moving through the General Assembly. 
 

 
 
 

There’s snow on the ground but spring is just around the corner!

  Submit Your Film to the 2014 Bike Shorts Film Festival
The submission period is still open for theBike Shorts Film Festival, part of Bike Month 2014.  Our submission guidelines are simple – make a short film, 10 minutes or less, about anything you want, so long as it features a bicycle.

 

Click here to submit.  All submissions are due by midnight, March 31st, 2014.

 

For more information on the Bike Shorts Film Festival, visit our event page.

  Trip Planning with Google Transit

Getting around by bus can be a great option during severe winter weather, particularly if your car is trapped in your driveway beyond a wall of plow-mounded snow.  Fortunately, all of the regional transit systems are now working with Google to provide instant trip planning via Google Maps.
 
Visit our Google Transit page and use the simple form to find the most direct transit connection for your destination – whether it’s work, shopping, or just getting out of the house after 22″ of snow!  
 
Tips for a Successful Carpool

Carpooling is one of the easiest ways for anyone to cut their commuting expenses, regardless of the length of your commute or the schedule of your shift.  Starting a carpool, however, can seem a little intimidating to some – sharing a ride with someone you don’t know very well, even a coworker, might feel awkward.  Don’t worry, though – remember that everyone is in the carpool for the same reason, and following these few simple tips will make sure your carpool is an effective and reliable transportation option:

  • Determine Your Route and Schedule. Establish the morning pickup point(s) and designate a place(s) to meet for the trip home.
  • Draw Up a Schedule for Driving Responsibilities. If all members of your carpool alternate driving, decide among yourselves if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
  • Establish A Method for Reimbursing Driving Expenses. If the members of your carpool do not share the driving equally, come to and understanding of how the costs will be shared and agree on payment dates.  A good rule of thumb is to divide costs by seat filled.
  • Be Punctual. Decide how long the driver is expected to wait. When home pickups are utilized, do not disturb everyone in the neighborhood by honking if a ride is running a few minutes late.
  • Establish a Chain of Communication. If a driver is ill, or will not be going to work one day, an alternate driver should be notified to ensure that other members or the carpool will have a ride. If a rider is ill or will not be working, the driver must be contracted as soon as possible.
Find more tips at the website, and make sure to keep your member profile updated to receive new carpool matches as they come in.