We just received notice of an article about a new Web site in Ireland --
WWW.Dublintraffic.ie -- that allows drivers to set-up carpools with others
from their area. The Link to story from The Irish Times (Dublin,
I pass this on to the group in part because of its interest in itself, but
also with the following thought in mind.
It strikes me that one of the solutions for more public support and media
exposure (new and old media) for carsharing groups is to consider adding on
some like activities, and in the process gradually developing into more of a
full function alternative mobility provider for their community. Of courses
this requires maturity and balance as well as enthusiasm and energy to get
right, but might this not be a way to widen your niche?
Carpooling and ridesharing are tough nuts to crack - and the records show
many more failures than successes, with many of the later being
disappointing short lived. That said, we have learned a lot over the last
two decades of trying, and there is plenty there to build on.
Other possible business add-ons for a well equipped, well managed carsharing
group might include: vanpool services, better integrated service provision
in conjuction with local taxi operators, public bike programs for their
community, and the list goes on. Many of these add-ons could not only be
done in many places with the support of public funding, but it strikes me
that the very process of increased public/private cooperation and
interaction will help us to do our carshare jobs better (i.e., better access
to parking, deals with public employers, etc.)
I almost think that we should set up a special Roundtable on this, perhaps
in conjuction with the major overhaul of the site that I would very much
like to get to in the next few weeks. Any thoughts on that?
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