Ridesurf’s Covid-19 Response

Last Updated: June 1, 2020

As a service that requires close social contact, we at Ridesurf continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our community is our #1 priority, and at this time we do not recommend using our platform to carpool with others. However with many cities and communities reopening, we are keeping our app and website open for ride listings and bookings. You may still use Ridesurf, but please do so with increased caution and follow the safety measures outlined below (both ours and the CDC’s). 

Ridesurf Covid-19 Safety Measures

Drivers 

  • You must not drive a passenger if ill. If the trip is already booked and you need to cancel, we will gladly refund service fees to do so.
  • You must wear an N95 rated mask at all times during the ride, inside and outside of your vehicle (we will ship one to you if you cannot find one). 
  • You must sanitize your vehicle with an alcohol-based sanitizer spray or wipe wherever a passenger came in contact with your vehicle after each ride.
  • No passengers in the front seat, no more than 1 passenger per trip.
  • You must provide hand sanitizer, wipes, and a backup disposable mask for passengers if they forgot one (we will ship to you if required).
  • You must require your passenger to wear a mask at all times and report to us if they do not.

Riders

  • You must not travel using Ridesurf if ill. If the trip is already booked and you need to cancel, we will gladly issue a full refund.
  • You must wear an N95 rated mask at ask times during trip, inside and outside of the vehicle (we will ship one to you if you cannot find one).
  • You must not sit in the front seat.
  • If you do not bring a mask, you must be willing to wear the new disposable mask provided by the driver.
  • You must report a driver if they have more than 1 passenger, do not wear a mask, or seem ill.

Please also read the below health guidelines from the CDC.

Health guidance from the CDC

The Center for Disease Control and Public Health Agency of Canada have issued guidance related to COVID-19, including the following best practices:

What to do if you feel sick

  • If you begin to develop a fever, or symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call a medical professional.
  • Please stay home if you feel sick. If you need to see a doctor, work with a medical professional to discuss transportation options.
  • Per the CDC, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect you may have it, you should not use rideshare, public transportation, or taxis.

Wear a face covering

  • The CDC recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus, and help people who may have it, but don’t know it, from transmitting it to others. Please keep this in mind while riding or driving with Ridesurf.
  • Cloth face coverings can be made from household items or common, low-cost materials.
  • Some local authorities require that you wear a face covering in some public settings. Find local guidance in your area.

Practice proper hand hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Visit the CDC’s guide on handwashing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Limit contact with others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Passengers should sit in the back seat.
  • Roll down the windows during trips and / or use the car’s vents to bring in fresh outside air. Avoid using the recirculated air option for the car’s ventilation.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes door frames and handles, windows, seat belt buckles, the steering wheel, the gearshift, signaling levers, and other vehicle parts.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them with detergent or soap and water before you disinfect.
  • View additional tips for helping protect yourself and others when you ride or when you drive.

Is it safe to use Ridesurf?

Ridesurf strongly believes that carpooling is the safest mode of non-solo transit available. 

  • The average plane carries 250 passengers. 
  • The average long-distance bus carries 50. 
  • The average train car, 84. 

What’s more is these services expose you to airports, bus depots and train stations. They expose you to employees that have come in contact with hundreds of people per day.

The average # of passengers our drivers have per month is less than 1. Our drivers are not “rideshare” (ie: taxi) drivers – they do not ferry passengers around all day on long shifts. They simply put their own long-distance drive on the platform when willing to accept a passenger, meaning exponentially less exposure to potentially sick people is taking place. 

What’s more is Ridesurf is a social network whereby you can see reviews of other passengers, and choose your driver/passenger; the app does not chose for you. You’re never paired with a stranger, only someone you yourself have vetted and chosen – this can even be a neighbor or friend. 

Stay safe & ride on!

Team Ridesurf

Carpooling: The Future of Transportation

The traffic gridlock is as much a part of the morning commute as the coffee in your cup holder. Solitary drivers in almost every car are clogging the asphalt arteries, where the carpool lanes are mostly reserved for those reckless enough to use it as a passing lane. Improving public transit, such as bus and rail, has been the traditional answer to the problem. However, because these systems require a large commitment of public funds they rarely receive the green light. That’s why tech firms are stepping in to attempt solutions for our swollen roadways.

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Enter, carpooling. Carpooling matches drivers with passengers heading to similar destinations in order to optimize routes by decreasing the amount of trips a driver has to take. This allows more passengers to be served, pulls more drivers off the road which in turn reduces traffic congestion and reduces carbon footprint.

The strength of app-based carpooling is that it builds upon existing structures and an existing concept. The success of app-based carpooling (and long-distance carpooling) depends entirely upon the amount of people who decide to use it. The more drivers posting their trips, the more options passengers have. This translates into fewer cars on the road and less strain on local government to expand public transportation systems that are already a money pit. 

Whether or not people will use a carpooling app depends on its cost-effectiveness and its convenience. When taking transit, a passenger is sacrificing independence. The tradeoff has to be that it’s simply cheaper, quicker, and less stressful. Using Uber or Lyft for ride share are convenient because they’re already on your phone and the driver comes to you when you need them. Presumably, a shared ride should be cheaper because you’re subsidizing the cost with other passengers. The problem that persists is the elephant in the room: traffic.

Living in an area that doesn’t have a developed and reliable form of public transportation means that most likely commuters will own cars, out of necessity. The result is that only those that cannot afford cars are using transit. The quality of the transit will then reflect the type amount of patrons they can attract meaning that expansion and improvement is impossible if these transit systems have to look to state and city budgets for subsidies. This means less passengers are capable of paying for higher quality transportation, outside of already owning their own. So, it seems ride share as a business model seems to depend on the success of other forms of public transit to make it a tenable program. However, some companies like Ridesurf are expanding the ride sharing concept beyond city limits.

Ridesurf specializes in long-distance carpooling. It operates sort of like a blend between an Uber or Lyft and Bumble’s BFF. It brings together people who are all heading to the same location, like a music festival, in order to cut down on cars traveling long distances. This benefits drivers who can subsidize their trip by filling their empty seats, and it benefits passengers who appreciate shedding the stress of driving. At an average price of only $25 for a 250 mile trip, its a win-win for both parties. 

Where ride sharing (Uber, Lyft) only add more traffic and carbon emissions to congested cities, Ridesurf has the potential to thrive. Rideshare apps suffer from their inability to translate into a solution for less traffic and reduction of pollution. The more people use Ridesurf for a journey and have a positive experience from carpooling, the more people will change their minds about how they travel city-to-city, and to events — and see that driving alone or traveling via public transportation is an inferior option.

Carpooling and Its Effects on the Environment

Have you ever needed a ride to a specific place, but didn’t have a car? It used to be known as hitchhiking, however, companies such as Blablacar, Lifshare, Zimride, and more recent newcomer Ridesurf, have revolutionized the “need a lift” scenario into one of the fastest rising trends: long-distance app-based carpooling. Often cheaper and more efficient than other modes of transportation, carpooling apps around the world are booming. Not only is this the ultimate solution to travel freely while saving your money, but studies have proven that the practice can also eliminate the long-lasting effects of pollution on the environment, improve traffic congestion caused by the excessive number of cars on the road in big cities, and improve the human social condition. 

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Carpooling which is also commonly referred to as ride-sharing is simply the act of allowing more passengers to occupy a single vehicle rather than have those passengers inhabit multiple separate vehicles. The action of carpooling greatly reduces the effects of environmental pollution caused from the endless amounts of carbon dioxide automobiles have continued to produce. Referring to a study conducted by SightLine Institute regarding single passenger statistics, they’re findings indicate the following: small cars can generate and emit up to .59 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile, medium cars up to 1.1 pounds, and finally SUV’s can omit an unbelievable amount of 1.57 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile. Combined in total, that is 3.26 pounds of carbon dioxide being generated per mile in between three individuals in their own respective vehicles. Car sharing is one of the most effective means to lower the output of carbon dioxide constantly being pumped into the air. Participating in this very simple action just twice a week would literally decrease greenhouse by an astounding 1, 600 pounds. Imagine if 100 people decided to make carpooling an active part of their routine for an entire year? That’s 2,376,000 pounds of carbon dioxide cleared from our atmosphere. If a few cars were taken from the road in favor of one with only a few people in it; we would undoubtedly have much fresher, cleaner, and stable air that would last for many decades to come. 

When carpooling is integrated into the daily lives of car owners the result not only translates to significant reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions, but also eliminates the pit falls of traffic congestion and improves the overall quality of the human condition. Carpooling can prove as a primary source for the formation of relationships through conversation. Just the gathering of individuals from all walks of life or perhaps even people you may already know, cultivates the condition for conversation. Conversation is crucial in the fostering of new relationships amongst human beings. On average, most Americans spend the majority of their time commuting to and from long distances completely alone. Census studies have come to the conclusion that these numbers total to 75% of Americans traveling entirely through means of single occupancy. With the increasing decline of human interaction due to the rise of social media, technology, and even virtual reality, carpooling may become a significant way to reestablish the natural social condition of human beings. Likewise, if everyone utilized the concept of car sharing, there would be a reduction of road traffic by an astonishing 20%. Traveling would easily become faster, stress-free, and more enjoyable. 

Carpooling has become the majority of large cities’ go-to for alternate means of transportation. It’s impossible to eliminate cars altogether, but it is very possible to minimize how much damage we allow them to do to our environment. With the potential to save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emission from further hurting our air, carpooling can undoubtedly help us save the planet. Likewise, the act of carpooling is also the most effective way to eliminate traffic congestion. This equates to less time spent commuting for an overall smoother and quicker ride. Finally carpooling can also contribute significantly to reestablishing the human social condition. With the emergence of social media technology, we spend an abundance of time traveling or commuting completely independent from others. It is an undeniable fact, that human beings need social interaction in order to improve their quality of living. Carpooling forces you to commune with others around you rather than senselessly stare at your phone waiting for another post on Facebook. From the USA to across the globe; carpooling is a one trip journey to the future. It’s time to get in a car and go. 

Ridesurf Launches on App Store & Google Play Store

Ridesurf, a long-distance and event carpooling app, has launched on the App Store and Google Play Store. The 10-month-old company is based in Los Angeles and launched a beta website in February.

Ridesurf is here

Ridesurf connects people traveling the same direction (i.e., San Francisco to Los Angeles) or to the same event (i.e., Coachella Music Festival) so they can travel together instead of alone, through a safe and easy-to-use app.

Anyone planning a long drive in advance (i.e., a college student driving home for summer break, a businessperson driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco for a meeting) can post their trip. Potential passengers can then request to book a seat on that trip. All travel companions must review and approve one another before the journey begins.

Like Airbnb for seats in a car, users can search for rides based on location and price, and view a driver’s ratings, reviews and verified car information. The application also has a setting for women-only rides, as well as multiple preference settings for pets, smoking, music, conversation and luggage.

Ridesurf’s web application can be found at https://ridesurf.io. Their mobile apps can be found by searching “Ridesurf” on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on any iOS or Android device, or by clicking the app store links below.

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