Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bay Area, California
Bikes: Pacific Reach, Specialized Myka Expert
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I've never used one but my boyfriend has. A friend gave him a referral to Sidecar that came with $25 in credit toward rides, so he used it to make a few trips in San Francisco. He concluded that it generally costs less to use an actual taxi, at least in the city where taxi fares are fairly cheap. It's my understanding that not all of these services could be described as carpooling, though. I've been told that some operate pretty much as a standard taxi service does, with drivers cruising around the city to pick up passengers. That system wouldn't offer any reduction in pollution or congestion.
I have no particular interest in sharing rides around town; I'd rather use my bike or a bus. But I would love a service to coordinate carpools to trailheads to go hiking and backpacking. I guess that would be harder to do though. And there's a certain level of risk attached to getting into a car with a stranger.
Last edited by ro-monster; 06-11-14 at 06:46 PM.