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CSU, Chico Launches Social Network for Ridesharing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"This will be a great way for people to connect and share rides to campus or out of town," said Halli Bovia, CSU, Chico’s sustainability coordinator. "Zimride’s solution is very user friendly and will help our campus community in many ways."
Zimride has developed a custom rideshare solution to serve CSU, Chico’s campus population. Through Zimride’s web-based interface, faculty, staff and students can find others with similar commuting patterns or one-time rides. As a social network platform with optional Facebook integration, Zimride helps establish trust among users. As with Facebook, “Zimriders” can view profiles for common networks, interests and friends before deciding to share a ride.
Bovia said the Zimride transportation alternative is a fun, easy and sustainable way for everyone to collectively make a difference.
Starting today, all CSU, Chico students, faculty and staff can access the free Zimride network at http://zimride.csuchico.edu. The private system requires a CSU, Chico e-mail address to gain access.
While a CSU, Chico e-mail address is required, the Zimride social network for ridesharing is an independent program and is not managed by CSU, Chico.
This partnership marks a significant step in improving campus sustainability practices, Bovia said, because ridesharing on daily commutes or on longer, one-time trips can substantially reduce the costs of travel for the community.
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, http://www.zimride.com, offers individuals the opportunity to create social, sustainable and convenient transportation. The founder and chief operating officer of Zimride is John Zimmer, 203-912-9600, firstname.lastname@example.org.