RideShark Features

The RideShark Advantage

The RideShark system offers a fully integrated sustainable mobility portal that exceeds the requirements of public and private sector customers around the world. We use a unique combination of software application development excellence and sustainable transportation knowledge to bring our clients the perfect online ridesharing solution – delivered in a custom branded portal with a URL unique to each customer.

We provide the most technologically advanced ridesharing experience available. That’s why the RideShark system delivers results!

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Some of the advantages that we offer over other rideshare systems:

Advanced Technology

RideShark utilizes state of the art technology and standards in its application to deliver a solution that is safe, secure and protects your data. We recognize that technology is rapidly evolving and that any mobility management system must proactively embrace technological advances as well as innovations in transportation demand management. From data being hosted in a certified datacenter to leveraging Microsoft Partner status for the most current information in application development, RideShark does it all.

Multi-modal Approach

Just like you, your users will use different travel modes at different times. The RideShark solution is more than just a carpool matching forum – it is a true travel options portal where users can instantly find information on various options to get from A to B. Included in their search results will not only be carpool partner matches, but options for vanpools, bike, walking and transit buddy matching.

Custom Sub-Sites

RideShark’s custom subsites allow our clients to manage different, independently customized portals for multiple locations or organizations. For example, a state may have subsites for its different cities, and a city may have subsites for different schools or communities in the area. It is also ideal for corporations looking to implement ridesharing solutions for their employees in different cities. Each subsite can completely customize their local information – even unit changes – and offer their own incentive programs.

Gamified User Dashboard

You want your users to come back to the site. So we’ve made it fun and interesting with a dynamic dashboard that provides them with an instant look at all their travel options as well as any rewards, trip logging or information you have included on your site.

Comprehensive Administration Portal

Every action in the RideShark system is entered into the database. Our clients are provided with a dedicated Administration Portal to access their data 24/7. RideShark has the ability to offer multiple administration levels so that your team members will only see the data they need to, while keeping sensitive information private.

The administration portal allows administrators to create reports, filter, map, and export results. The RideShark system runs itself, so it’s not necessary for an administrator to monitor the system.

The RideShark Administrator Portal includes functionality to allow emails to all users, or a select portion of users. Whether you need newsletters, announcements or notifications, the extensive email function will make sure your users stay aware of their ridesharing commitments.

Custom branding and URL

This is your site, for your users.  As a white labelled solution there is no limit to your creativity. Select your own URL, colors, text, images and design – the site is yours and users will see it as your solution, powered by RideShark technology.

Trip Calendar and Rewards

The RideShark trip calendar allows users to log their trips using a ‘trip diary’ multimodal approach.  Administrators set the points earned by mode and per day.  Users accumulate points that can be used to enter contests, purchase rewards or achieve milestones.  RideShark’s incentive management module is comprehensive and allows you to incorporate a complex or simple reward system into your program. We can even integrate with external databases or reward providers.  Create your world class reward program and we’ll implement it!

Integrated content management

At RideShark, we know that it is important to have timely and pertinent information on your site, and we know how frustrating it can be when you want to make a simple change and have to contact someone to do it for you.  Our white labelled solution includes integrated editing in the administration portal so you have control over your site’s branding at all times.

The in-browser visual website editor allows our clients to edit and manage their website without the need for extensive knowledge of web development. Change the content and look of your portal whenever you wish! Have an event scheduled? Advertise it when it is convenient for you. Need to add an important announcement right away? Don’t waste time trying to find someone tech-savvy. Just log into the website and add your text in a few easy steps. Our full client content management system sets RideShark apart.

Unlimited Administrators

We know you may not be running your mobility management program on your own. RideShark offers multiple administration levels so you can assign roles and responsibilities for strategic areas of your program. For public systems, allowing employers to have control over their own site builds collaboration and program engagement — it’s a proven success strategy. For private systems, having the ability to choose your administrators allows you to make sure that your local and regional issues are specifically being attended to, and builds participation and interest in the company’s commuting community.

Data Privacy and Security

Database security is our priority. Using the latest technologies available, we make sure that your data is protected. RideShark has passed extensive security audits from banking, military and IT organizations. We would never sell or share your information, nor that of your partners or users.

The RideShark “Find Commute Options” Search Results

The foundation of the RideShark system lies in its ability to perform intelligent rideshare matches. We use custom algorithms to match based on proximity to origin, destination, travel route and personal preferences. Match results are shown in both tabular and in mapped form, based on two sorting algorithms: distance to you, and best matching your commute preferences. Users also have the ability to filter matches based on driving preference, male/female preference, distance from origin, route, or destination, or organization. All data is purged on a regular basis to ensure that only people actively seeking rideshare partners come up in matches.

Because these matches are constantly relevant to the active users, it will encourage them to continue using your site, and you will consistently be able to reach them with your sustainable transportation messages.

Carpool Driver

Whether a driver is looking for a one-off single trip or regular commute partner, RideShark’s sophisticated matching will find passengers close to a driver’s origin, destination and drive route, according to schedule and personal preferences.

Payment transfer is facilitated directly through the system using suggested government mileage rates.

Carpool Passenger

A passenger looking for a one-off single trip or regular commute trip ride uses RideShark’s sophisticated matching to find a ride compatible with drivers’ origin, destination travel route.

Payment transfer is facilitated directly through the system using suggested government mileage rates.

Carpool Driver

Whether a driver is looking for a one-off single trip or regular commute partner, RideShark’s sophisticated matching will find passengers close to a driver’s origin, destination and drive route, according to schedule and personal preferences.

Payment transfer is facilitated directly through the system using suggested government mileage rates.

Carpool Passenger

A passenger looking for a one-off single trip or regular commute trip ride uses RideShark’s sophisticated matching to find a ride compatible with drivers’ origin, destination travel route.

Payment transfer is facilitated directly through the system using suggested government mileage rates.

Vanpool Matching

The system will automatically match a user’s profile to available vanpools. The comprehensive RideShark vanpool management module is customized for each client, allowing users to join a vanpool or go on a waitlist. Full vanpool membership is managed directly through RideShark. RideShark can even integrate with corporate accounting systems to ensure automatic deductions.

Vanpool Routes

Users can easily see what vanpool routes are available, their schedule and pickup/dropoff points.

Vanpool Matching

The system will automatically match a user’s profile to available vanpools. The comprehensive RideShark vanpool management module is customized for each client, allowing users to join a vanpool or go on a waitlist. Full vanpool membership is managed directly through RideShark. RideShark can even integrate with corporate accounting systems to ensure automatic deductions.

Vanpool Routes

Users can easily see what vanpool routes are available, their schedule and pickup/dropoff points.

Transit Buddy Matching

Transit buddies are great for learning the transit system or for having a buddy during off-peak travel times for increased safety and security. This is a popular feature with shift workers and students!

We’ve included the transit mentor feature so those transit experts can share their knowledge with newbie riders! You’d be surprised how many people are reluctant to try transit because they’ve never ridden before.

Transit Routes

RideShark integrates with Google Transit to show you how to get from A to B on transit. Just enter the time you want to leave and we’ll provide you with your transit options and detailed trip planning.

Transit Buddy Matching

Transit buddies are great for learning the transit system or for having a buddy during off-peak travel times for increased safety and security. This is a popular feature with shift workers and students!

We’ve included the transit mentor feature so those transit experts can share their knowledge with newbie riders! You’d be surprised how many people are reluctant to try transit because they’ve never ridden before.

Transit Routes

RideShark integrates with Google Transit to show you how to get from A to B on transit. Just enter the time you want to leave and we’ll provide you with your transit options and detailed trip planning.

Bike Buddy Matching

RideShark provides an online tool where people interested in cycling can look for a bike buddy. Having someone to bike with increases safety and visibility. Users can self-identify their skill level and indicated if they are interested in being a bike mentor to help those less experienced.

Cycling Routes

RideShark integrates with Google Bike to show you the best way to get from A to B on a bike. The system will provide you with cycling options so you can decide what works for you!

Bike Buddy Matching

RideShark provides an online tool where people interested in cycling can look for a bike buddy. Having someone to bike with increases safety and visibility. Users can self-identify their skill level and indicated if they are interested in being a bike mentor to help those less experienced.

Cycling Routes

RideShark integrates with Google Bike to show you the best way to get from A to B on a bike. The system will provide you with cycling options so you can decide what works for you!

Walking Buddy Matching

For some, walking is a cost-effective and healthy way to commute. Some people even use the walking buddy functionality to find lunchtime walking partners. No matter what the reason, encouraging walking improves health and community vitality!

Walking Routes

RideShark integrates with Google to show you the best way to get from A to B by walking. The system will provide you with walking options so you can decide what works best for you!

Walking Buddy Matching

For some, walking is a cost-effective and healthy way to commute. Some people even use the walking buddy functionality to find lunchtime walking partners. No matter what the reason, encouraging walking improves health and community vitality!

Walking Routes

RideShark integrates with Google to show you the best way to get from A to B by walking. The system will provide you with walking options so you can decide what works best for you!

Integrated Modules

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Trip Logging Calendar

RideShark’s multimodal trip logging calendar allows people to log their sustainable trips – almost like a diary of daily activity. It includes commute, business and personal trips.  Each trip logged calculates detailed emissions, cost and health impacts.  Administrators can use this aggregate data to for annual reports and analysis of behavior change.  It’s fun, it’s easy and it keeps users engaged!

If the Incentive management module is active, each trip logged can accumulate points. It’s up to each site administrator to decide on the number of points earned by mode and the maximum points that can be earned each day.

Trip Logging Calendar

RideShark’s multimodal trip logging calendar allows people to log their sustainable trips – almost like a diary of daily activity. It includes commute, business and personal trips.  Each trip logged calculates detailed emissions, cost and health impacts.  Administrators can use this aggregate data to for annual reports and analysis of behavior change.  It’s fun, it’s easy and it keeps users engaged!

If the Incentive management module is active, each trip logged can accumulate points. It’s up to each site administrator to decide on the number of points earned by mode and the maximum points that can be earned each day.

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Incentive and Rewards

RideShark has the most comprehensive and detailed incentive management system available in the mobility management portal for rewarding your users. If you can dream up an incentive program, we can deliver it!

RideShark allows for the offering of contest rewards (random draws), purchase rewards (once a point level has been reached users can ‘purchase’ a specific incentive), and milestone rewards where a reward is provided for achieving a certain milestone or plateau.  Clients can offer any or all of these RideShark reward types.

Incentives/rewards can be any combination of system-wide incentives, corporate park incentives, or employer incentives awarded based on a broad range of criteria including Calendar-based trip logging, User Action or both.

RideShark can accommodate three types of prizes and rewards:

Contests Rewards – Users enter virtual tickets for contest rewards.

Purchase Rewards – Users spend points to purchase rewards.

Milestone Rewards – When a points plateau level is reached, users automatically achieve the reward.

The above combinations provide the flexibility to offer any type of incentive desired.  Each subsite administrator can establish their own incentives through their administration portal. This system has proven to be very successful, especially with employers creating their own incentives in addition to publically available incentives – thus helping them personalize and target their employees. The potential for innovation in this area is an evolving and dynamic area of growth for both public and private sector clients. RideShark continues to push the envelope on this exciting area of integrated rewards for sustainable transportation choice users.

Learn more about our new Green Rewards Partner Program

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Incentive and Rewards

RideShark has the most comprehensive and detailed incentive management system available in the mobility management portal for rewarding your users. If you can dream up an incentive program, we can deliver it!

RideShark allows for the offering of contest rewards (random draws), purchase rewards (once a point level has been reached users can ‘purchase’ a specific incentive), and milestone rewards where a reward is provided for achieving a certain milestone or plateau.  Clients can offer any or all of these RideShark reward types.

Incentives/rewards can be any combination of system-wide incentives, corporate park incentives, or employer incentives awarded based on a broad range of criteria including Calendar-based trip logging, User Action or both.

RideShark can accommodate three types of prizes and rewards:

Contests Rewards – Users enter virtual tickets for contest rewards.

Purchase Rewards – Users spend points to purchase rewards.

Milestone Rewards – When a points plateau level is reached, users automatically achieve the reward.

The above combinations provide the flexibility to offer any type of incentive desired.  Each subsite administrator can establish their own incentives through their administration portal. This system has proven to be very successful, especially with employers creating their own incentives in addition to publically available incentives – thus helping them personalize and target their employees. The potential for innovation in this area is an evolving and dynamic area of growth for both public and private sector clients. RideShark continues to push the envelope on this exciting area of integrated rewards for sustainable transportation choice users.

Learn more about our new Green Rewards Partner Program

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Carpool Group Management

The RideShark system help users register their carpool groups so that you as the administrator can understand the impact of your carpool promotion initiatives, register users for special status or other reward system.

Carpool Group Management

The RideShark system help users register their carpool groups so that you as the administrator can understand the impact of your carpool promotion initiatives, register users for special status or other reward system.

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Carpool Parking Management

The RideShark Carpool Parking Management module is an integral success tool for those providing dedicated, preferential carpool parking spaces. The RideShark system tracks carpool partners and has an internal audit algorithm that cross-checks for multiple requests by the same person or group, minimizing the potential of abuse.

The carpool parking management system may be offered at a public and employer level independently.

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Carpool Parking Management

The RideShark Carpool Parking Management module is an integral success tool for those providing dedicated, preferential carpool parking spaces. The RideShark system tracks carpool partners and has an internal audit algorithm that cross-checks for multiple requests by the same person or group, minimizing the potential of abuse.

The carpool parking management system may be offered at a public and employer level independently.

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Vanpool Management

The RideShark Vanpool management module allows our clients to effectively manage vanpool participation. Vanpool routes can be plotted on a map along with interactive information on the van, number of available seats, stops, costs, and more. The information is easy to input and modify at any time.

RideShark often works with clients to custom develop links into HR or Payroll systems to automate vanpool ridership and payments. This highly complicated module is customized to each client.

Vanpool Management

The RideShark Vanpool management module allows our clients to effectively manage vanpool participation. Vanpool routes can be plotted on a map along with interactive information on the van, number of available seats, stops, costs, and more. The information is easy to input and modify at any time.

RideShark often works with clients to custom develop links into HR or Payroll systems to automate vanpool ridership and payments. This highly complicated module is customized to each client.

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Emergency Ride Home

The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program allows for pre and post emergency ride home claims.  RideShark customizes the ERH system for each client, even customizing a PDF voucher for users. The inclusion of an integrated ERH module is a key element in a successful commuter options program that promotes alternatives while increasing the ease of monitoring, enforcement and accountability.

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Commuter Challenge

Commuter Challenges allow administrators to establish and run challenging events in their community or organization, which are used to raise awareness, interest, and participation in sustainable travel options. So go ahead and plan your Bike Month, Rideshare Week or other event to build awareness and trial of sustainable travel options. RideShark enables the creation of teams within defined categories so that users can compete or participate with users of similar interests.

Commuter Challenge

Commuter Challenges allow administrators to establish and run challenging events in their community or organization, which are used to raise awareness, interest, and participation in sustainable travel options. So go ahead and plan your Bike Month, Rideshare Week or other event to build awareness and trial of sustainable travel options. RideShark enables the creation of teams within defined categories so that users can compete or participate with users of similar interests.

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Parking Space Finder

The Parking Space Finder is a tool used to find parking spaces at private residences, or even commercial lots, such as shopping centers, or local businesses.

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Surveys

A customized registration survey ensures you’re collecting the data you need to design and accelerate your program.

Surveys

A customized registration survey ensures you’re collecting the data you need to design and accelerate your program.

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The RideShark system offers a fully integrated transportation management portal that exceeds the requirements of public and private sector customers around the world. We use a unique combination of software application development excellence and sustainable transportation knowledge to bring our clients the perfect ridesharing solution. We use comprehensive algorithms with each of our features to be able to provide one of the most technologically advanced ridesharing experiences available. That’s why the RideShark system delivers results!

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Custom Sub-Sites

RideShark’s custom subsites allow our clients to manage different, independently customized portals for multiple locations or organizations. For example, a state may have subsites for its different cities, and a city may have subsites for different schools or communities in the area. It is also ideal for corporations looking to implement ridesharing solutions for their employees in different cities. Each subsite can completely customize their local information – even unit changes – and offer their own incentive programs.

Unlimited Administrators

We know you may not be running your mobility management program on your own. RideShark offers multiple administration levels so you can assign roles and responsibilities for strategic areas of your program. For public systems, allowing employers to have control over their own site builds collaboration and program engagement — it’s a proven success strategy. For private systems, having the ability to choose your administrators allows you to make sure that your local and regional issues are specifically being attended to, and builds participation and interest in the company’s commuting community.

Content Management

At RideShark, we know that it is important to have timely and pertinent information on your site, and we know how frustrating it can be when you want to make a simple change and have to contact someone to do it for you.

Mobility management sites have a critical need to be dynamic and responsive. To address this, RideShark introduces a full content management system for administrators. Without any IT knowledge, administrators can easily add or change text, modify colors and announce events all without RideShark staff involvement. Interactive help is included to guide administrators every step of the way.

Advanced Technology

RideShark utilizes state of the art technology and standards in its application. We recognize that technology is rapidly evolving and that any mobility management system must proactively embrace technological advances as well as innovations in transportation demand management. From data being hosted in a certified datacenter to leveraging Microsoft Partner status for the most current information in application development, RideShark does it all.

Data Privacy and Security

Database security is our priority. Using the latest technologies available, we make sure that your data is protected. RideShark has passed extensive security audits from banking, military and IT organizations. We would never sell your information, nor that of your partners or users.

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Commuter Challenges allow administrators to establish and run challenging events in their community or organization, which are used to raise awareness, interest, and participation in sustainable travel options (Ex: Bike-to-Work month, Rideshare Week). RideShark also enables the creation of teams within defined categories so that users can compete or participate with users of similar interests.

The RideShark system offers a fully integrated transportation management portal that exceeds the requirements of public and private sector customers around the world. We use a unique combination of software application development excellence and sustainable transportation knowledge to bring our clients the perfect ridesharing solution. We use comprehensive algorithms with each of our features to be able to provide one of the most technologically advanced ridesharing experiences available. That’s why the RideShark system delivers results!

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Data Portal

Our clients are provided with a dedicated Administration Portal to access their data 24/7. RideShark has the ability to offer multiple administration levels so that your team members will only see the data they need to, and keep sensitive information private.

While the administration portal allows administrators to create reports, filter, map, and export results, the RideShark system runs itself, so those who don’t need the data don’t need to worry about it.

User Communication

Surveys

RideShark Surveys are applicable to a single organization, a TMA or regional service provider and can be customized to meet your specific needs. Our clients can choose their own survey designs based on their specific needs. The number of surveys created each year is completely open to all possibilities – customers can establish an intake registration survey to help with the strategic development of their program, or establish annual commuter survey functionality (e.g. AQMD surveys).

We have no limit on the number of respondents, and we don’t add on additional costs for the number of respondents or number of survey accesses. This makes surveys a fantastic way to get your community’s input on what you’re doing in the program!

Emails

The RideShark Administrator Portal includes functionality to allow mass emails to all users of a system. The tools include filters, such as only unactivated users, individual emails, and a visual text editor. Whether you need newsletters, announcements or notifications, the extensive email function will make sure your users stay aware of their ridesharing commitments.

Visual Editor

The in-browser visual website editor allows our clients to edit and manage their website without the need for extensive knowledge of web development. change the content and look for your website whenever you wish! Have an event scheduled? Advertise it when it is convenient for you. Need to add an important announcement right away? Don’t waste time trying to find someone tech-savvy. Just log into the website and add your text in a few easy steps. Our full client content management system sets RideShark apart.

The RideShark system offers a fully integrated transportation management portal that exceeds the requirements of public and private sector customers around the world. We use a unique combination of software application development excellence and sustainable transportation knowledge to bring our clients the perfect ridesharing solution. We use comprehensive algorithms with each of our features to be able to provide one of the most technologically advanced ridesharing experiences available. That’s why the RideShark system delivers results!

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Commuter Calendar

The RideShark Trip Calendar is the foundation of our dynamic tracking, reporting and incentive management system. The easy to use ‘drag and drop’ functionality allows people to quickly enter their multimodal trips each day of the week. The system automatically calculates travel distance, emissions, health and cost benefits, and uses a friendly and intuitive design. The user can select from available images of travel modes and drag it on to the calendar for the appropriate day. This also helps them track their progress for various incentives so that they stay excited about their daily commute!

Emmission Tracking

Keeping track of emissions is a key outcome that customers are looking for in a mobility management solution. The trip calendar uses accepted formulas for calculating GHG and Particulate Matter emissions. RideShark instantly provides to users data on how much emissions they’ve produced and saved. Administrators can then use this data to report on system wide environmental impacts.

RideShark can help you meet your emission reduction goals and allows corporations to track, monitor and report on Scope 3 emission reductions, all through the RideShark system.

Distance Traveled

Tracking, monitoring and reporting of VMT (Vehicle Miles Travelled) or VKT (Vehicle Kilometers Travelled) is a major benefit of using the RideShark system. By encouraging users to track and monitor their trips, you are provided with significant and valuable data for the strategic evolution of your trip reduction program. Users will also feel good looking at the distance they’ve saved on their car or gained on their bike by ridesharing, and feel empowered to continue being healthy and environmentally conscious.

Incentives generate interest and bring people back to your site – making them more receptive to your messages on sustainable transportation options. When using the RideShark application, your users can accumulate points for using different modes of travel. They are then able to spend their points to purchase rewards and enter contests.

We give our clients the ability to design their own incentive strategy, including what rules they wish to apply, and what rewards they want to offer. Incentives/rewards can be any combination of system-wide incentives, corporate park incentives, or employer incentives awarded based on a broad range of criteria.

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Plateau Rewards

Plateau rewards are awarded automatically once a user has achieved defined requirements. These are a great way to encourage users to set goals for themselves and continue using the program, as well as engage in the community around them.

For example, a user who bikes to work could be rewarded with a free bike tune up for every 150 points they earn. This encourages them to continue biking, and ensures that they are staying safe while doing it!

Raffle Draws

Random Draws are the most popular way of delivering incentives as  there are a predetermined number of prizes to be awarded, so the stock of items can be easily managed. Random draws are also the most exciting for the user, as they often have larger or more interesting prizes to be won. All aspects of the draws are completely customizable, and can be as challenging or simple as you need.

Commuter Challenges

Commuter Challenges allow administrators to establish and run challenging events in their community or organization, which are used to raise awareness, interest, and participation in sustainable travel options (Ex: Bike-to-Work month, Rideshare Week). RideShark also enables the creation of teams within defined categories so that users can compete or participate with users of similar interests. Gamification aspects and a dynamic results dashboard encourage user participation, media interest and behavior change.

The RideShark system provides users with the ability to instantly find carpool partners based on their unique origin, destination, travel route and personal preferences.

Any approved person can register as a user. The registration process is quick and includes integrated help so all users, regardless of computer abilities, will easily be able to use the system and view their carpool match results instantly.

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Carpool Driver

Whether a driver is looking for a one-off single trip or regular commute partner, RideShark’s sophisticated matching will find passengers close to a drivers origin, destination and drive route, according to schedule and personal preferences.

Payment transfer is facilitated directly through the system using suggested government mileage rates.

Carpool Passenger

A passenger looking for a one-off single trip or regular commute trip ride uses RideShark’s sophisticated matching to find a ride compatible with drivers’ origin, destination travel route.

Payment transfer is facilitated directly through the system using suggested government mileage rates.

Vanpool Matching

The system will automatically match a user’s profile to available vanpools.  The comprehensive RideShark vanpool management module is customized for each client, allowing users to join a vanpool or go on a waitlist.  Full vanpool membership is managed directly through RideShark. RideShark can even integrate with corporate accounting systems to ensure automatic deductions.

Vanpool Routes

Users can easily see what vanpool routes are available, their schedule and pickup/dropoff points.

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Transit Buddy Matching

By offering a Transit Buddy matching system, both existing and new transit riders benefit from having a stress free transit commuting. Commuting by public transit with a partner provides a vital service to those working in a shift work environment or who have inconsistent class hours, as many people are not comfortable using transit alone late at night or early in the morning. Plus, having a transit buddy makes a long commute more enjoyable, so that users are in a more positive frame of mind when they arrive at their destination!

Transit Routes

RideShark integrates with Google Transit to show you how to get from A to B on transit.  Just enter the time you want to leave and we’ll provide you with your transit options and detailed trip planning.

Bike Buddy Matching

RideShark provides an online tool where people interested in cycling for a bike buddy. Having someone to bike with increases safety and visibility. Users can self-identify their skill level and indicated if they are interested in being a bike mentor to help those less experienced.

Cycling Routes

RideShark integrates with Google Bike to show you the best way to get from A to B on a bike. The system will provide you with cycling options so you can decide what works best for you!

Walking Buddy Matching

For some, walking is a cost-effective and healthy way to commute. Some people even use the walking buddy functionality to find lunchtime walking partners. No matter what the reason, encouraging walking improves health and community vitality!

Walking Routes

RideShark integrates with Google to show you the best way to get from A to B by walking. The system will provide you with walking options so you can decide what works best for you!

The RideShark application offers a variety of custom trip features and options for those no necessarily interested in traditional ridesharing. These features are growing in popularity as people become more concerned over the price of owning and maintaining a vehicle, but still want to make trips that require one.

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Single Trip Matching

Single trip matching is used for any trip that is a one-time trip, such as going to an event or sports game, or traveling to a nearby town.

This feature offers the ability for users to post their trip information, including origin, destination and departure time, as well as specifying open seats and costs for sharing a ride. Registration is similar to that for commute trip rideshare matching, but it has the option to include instant email, calling or text messaging for partner contact. The posting will expire when the departure time has passed, and will disappear from the match-list.

This is also a useful feature for local business travel purposes. It can significantly reduce the travel costs to a corporation, as people can share a taxi or driving and parking costs. It also provides a tangible demonstration of corporate environmental responsibility associated with the environmental, community and economic costs of business travel.

Emergency Ride Home

The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program allows users worried about emergency situations to rest at ease. If an emergency arrives, the user simply takes a taxi or other method of on-demand transportation, and submits an ERH claim directly through the Commute Calendar in the RideShark application. RideShark customizes the ERH system for each client to allow for pre and post emergency claim submittal. Claim approvals are done through an automatic link to the client administrator, individual manager, claimant, and approval officer, and then dynamically generate a PDF for printing.

The inclusion of the ERH module is a modern element that promotes the ease of monitoring, enforcement and accountability, and provides better ‘auditing’ capabilities for public funds.

School Pool

Sustainable travel starts with our children. RideShark has developed a separate school pool module to meet the needs of parents looking to share rides for their children, and school administrators can use the system to reduce car traffic in front of the school.

The RideShark School Pool module allows parents to safely look for rideshare groups for their children. The system includes information on car seat requirements as well as the grade and school of each child. Administrators have multiple options available for ensuring that only the school community is permitted to access the School Pool matching functionality.

The RideShark system provides users with the ability to instantly find carpool partners based on their unique origin, destination, travel route and personal preferences.

Any approved person can register as a user. The registration process is quick and includes integrated help so all users, regardless of computer abilities, will easily be able to use the system and view their carpool match results instantly.

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Custom Carpools

The RideShark carpooling options make it easy for users to match with acceptable partners. Once a potential carpooling match is selected, the user simply clicks on a button to email the person to see if they are interested in carpooling. After meeting to discuss the carpool details, the new carpool group is ready to begin their commuting adventure.

Carpool Parking Management

The RideShark Carpool Parking Management module is an integral success tool for those providing dedicated, preferential carpool parking spaces. The RideShark system tracks carpool partners and has an internal audit algorithm that cross-checks for multiple requests by the same person or group, minimizing the potential of abuse.

The carpool parking management system may be offered at a public and employer level independently.

Vanpooling differs from carpooling in that it is more of a formal arrangement as well as on a larger scale. In vanpooling, there is a designated driver and the passengers are charged regular fees. Vanpools can be owned by an organization or arranged through a 3rd party vanpool provider. RideShark helps people express an interest in joining a vanpool and discover available vanpool routes.

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Simple Management

Our Vanpool management system allows our clients to effectively manage their vanpool participation. Vanpool routes can be plotted on a map and interactive information on the van, the number of available seats, stops, costs, and more is easy to input and modify at a any time.

User Accesible

Our vanpool module allows users to add vanpooling to their travel options and search for a vanpool that suits their needs. It also allows them to join a waitlist if the vanpool they like is currently full, and be notified when a seat becomes available.

The Vanpool matching system is exactly the same as carpool matching, where registrants can list that they are specifically looking for a vanpool, or accept it as an option in addition to seeking carpools.

Every type of ridesharing is encouraged in the RideShark system. The bike, walking, and transit buddy matching is a functionality that was added specifically at the request of users. Buddy matching helps people on shift work, those ‘trying out’ cycling or transit for the first time, or people who simply want company during their commute. By including multi-modal rideshare matching in your program, it helps your system truly become a sustainable transportation portal. All three buddy systems use the same matching algorithms as as carpool matching, so users can find someone who will go at their pace, and not leave them in the dust. Users can also add buddy matching criteria to carpool searches, to encourage them to try something new.

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Bike Buddy

RideShark provides an online tool where people interested in cycling to work can search for like-minded users with a similar schedule. Having someone to bike with increases cyclists’ confidence, and can offset safety concerns of cycling alone. RideShark also allows users to list their skill level so that no one is left behind, and they can choose to be a mentor to those who are newer to biking to help them learn bike safety, rules of the road, and give them tips.

Walking Buddy

For some, walking is a cost-effective and healthy way to commute to work. Some people even use the walking buddy functionality to find lunchtime walking partners. No matter what the reason, encouraging increased walking improves health, and encourages a positive atmosphere.

Transit Buddy

By offering a Transit Buddy matching system, both existing and new transit riders benefit from having a stress free transit commuting. Commuting by public transit with a partner provides a vital service to those working in a shift work environment or who have inconsistent class hours, as many people are not comfortable using transit alone late at night or early in the morning. Plus, having a transit buddy makes a long commute more enjoyable, so that users are in a more positive frame of mind when they arrive at their destination!