New Transportation Alternative Provided by U-Idaho and WSU

Monday, February 14 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – Washington State University and the University of Idaho have partnered to offer Zimride, a social network that facilitates ridesharing, to students, staff and faculty.

Zimride helps users offer or request rides for commutes, road trips and popular events. If a user has a car, they can split costs by offering rides. If a user does not have a car, they can find rides where they need to go. Students, faculty, and staff can go to http://zimride.uidaho.edu or http://zimride.wsu.edu to sign up.

The use of Zimride requires an @wsu.edu, @vandals.uidaho.edu, or @uidaho.edu e-mail address. A user can also sign in using their Facebook account if they are part of the WSU or U-Idaho Facebook network.

According to Stephen Parrot, ASUI President, “Zimride will be a great way to get home for breaks and save students money on transportation.”

The timing for the launch of Zimride is perfect with spring break approaching. Students can arrange rides to go home, to the airport or to the vacation destination of choice. Staff and faculty are also encouraged to sign up. There are several financial, environmental and social benefits to sharing a commute.

According to Joshua Meyer, ASWSU representative for the Transit Advisory Group, “Zimride allows student to network for carpooling needs in a way previously not possible. It’s exciting this service will be here at WSU.”

Another great benefit of Zimride is the availability to alumni, who can plan ridesharing for trips back to campus for Homecoming, Dad’s Weekend and other university events. WSU Spokane has also contracted with Zimride to offer their students, staff and faculty a way to facilitate ridesharing. This is a tremendous benefit to these groups given the Spokane campus consists of all commuters.

Zimride is being brought to the University of Idaho through a collaboration between Parking and Transportation Services, ASUI and the Sustainability Center.

“Zimride should truly modernize the car-pooling process to not only save people money in our current economic situation, but also save gas and help the environment by reducing each individual’s carbon footprint,” said Jim Parejko, GPSA representative for the Transit Advisory Group at WSU.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

About Zimride
Zimride is the largest online social rideshare community in North America with over 350,000 users. Zimride has implemented private rideshare communities for over 75 of the nation’s leading universities and companies including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Cornell University, Jet Blue and CIGNA.

Zimride embraces ridesharing as a social activity and integrates with Facebook and Twitter to make it fun and easy for users to share the seats in their car or find a ride. On Zimride, participants create profiles that show their favorite in-car music, radio stations and even smoking preferences to ensure an enjoyable ride. Zimride’s site, www.zimride.com, empowers individuals to create social, sustainable and convenient transportation.