Bay of Plenty Regional Council is encouraging car pooling for the daily commute as a means of cutting household costs.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council transport planner Kate Mackenzie says after sharing a couple of trips people quickly discover how cheap and easy car pooling is.
The regional council offers www.carsharebop.co.nz as a free database for people to pair up with others to car pool.
“Carshare BOP’s online database can also identify people at your workplace or people with similar work schedules and lifestyle preferences so the chance of finding a useable match is high,” says Kate.
“The Bay of Plenty region is well suited to car pooling.
“There are a number of semi-rural communities meaning many people commute across the region to work each day.
“Carshare BOP can link up those commuters so they save on daily travel costs.”
The Carshare website also has a travel log function allowing users to log how they travel each day and calculate the dollars, kilometres, fuel and emissions saved.
The site also uses Google Maps for better journey planning and a message board for easier communication between members.
“There are no set obligations for car sharing – it’s completely flexible.
“You choose when you car pool, who you go with, and what the ground rules are. “Carshare BOP simply gives you the opportunity to link up with potential car poolers – people who fit in with how you want to travel.”