I get many emails from people regarding the Tideline, most are nice, some not so nice, lots of questions and requests we can usually answer or help with (installed adblocker anyone?) and we get some great feedback.
Lately the feedback is regarding the Rideshare. It continues to be an ongoing challenge to get people rides. There are lots of ride requests, but not many ride offers. There is not much I can do about it. By giving the rides their own area where they appear right away, we were hoping the rideshare would increase. In the past the challenge was that people posted the rides on the same day or the night before after we approved the ads for the day. So by the time the rides were approved, they were no longer needed. Also no one deleted old rides, so that was not great as it cluttered classifieds. Now new rides show up immediately and old rides disappear.
I also get emails with people suggesting that the Rideshare board get used by people on the South end to pre-park at the ferry and share a ride back after parking and again in the morning. Great idea!
But someone has to place the ad. Someone has to organize it. It is up to you to get it going if you want to participate in it. I can easily see a system where you meet at the SCCA parking at 5:30 if you want to prepark your car and arrange one person to come along to bring you all back and do the same thing in the morning. If you start doing this twice a week there will be at least 50 less trips back and forth per week.
Next challenge; many people don't want to commit to rides as they don't know exactly which ferry they are catching, when they will leave their house etc. It also appears to be the case that a lot of people are happy to give a ride when asked at the ferry, but hesitant to commit beforehand or place an ad.
Then there are the packages that need rides. As of this week those ads won't appear in the Classifieds anymore. Please post it on the Rideshare site. This way all rides are together, people, packages & animals. And everyone will know to just look in the one place. (Don't forget about the Cortes Connection that besides passengers also delivers and picks up packages Cortes-Cr & back)
Our calendar and events is a frequently viewed area, and the rides are living right below it, but for some people it is still hard to find. I wish I could put it in the most right column but technically that is not possible. So I added a button on the top right to get you to the rideshare site within seconds. You can't miss it now! If you want to see the upcoming rides just scroll down, they are still there. Found a ride? Please delete your ad when you no longer need it up there. It keeps it current!
Sonya wrote a great article about the Rideshare site a while ago. If you want to read it again, or missed it the first time: read it hereThank you all
for sharing your vehicles, to giving rides to all people posting and all of us that ask at the ferry to get across or even further or stand on the side of the road with thumbs up. We appreciate it very much. We hope you will continue to share and also hope you will post your ride or reach out to people that post rides wanted if you don't want to put your ad up there.http://www.cortesrideshare.ca/
YES! there is a place for that ride.