Carpooling Programs

Zimride is a carpooling website used by Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza festivals in the USA. It uses Facebook integration so that you’re able to check out potential driving mates before the trip and all payments are made through PayPal. They have an iPhone app that operates in real time called ‘Lyft’. The app works on ‘donation’ basis and each driver & passenger is given a rating at the end of the journey. To use the app you need to have an active Facebook account. Zimride also services university and corporate networks and has a massive database of participants. In 2012, Bonnaroo Festival in Tenessee, USA had 650 lifts shared through Zimride. More than 1.1 million pounds of CO2 was estimated to be saved, and 3 500 cars staying off the road during the event. www.zimride.com goCarShare is primarily UK based and also Facebook integrated, where you log into Facebook and research your potential driver/passengers. They have a phone app that has options for travelling to a ‘festival’ or ‘back home’. When you choose ‘festival’ it then gives you a list of options eg Bestival, Glastonbury, Reading etc. You click on the desired festival and it will take you into a list of drivers who have seats available and the dates they are travelling and from where. goCarShare operates on a cash payment basis. gocarshare.com BlaBlaCar is the largest carpooling website in Europe with over 2.9 million members and more than 500 000 rides shared each month, and is supported by a smart phone app. It is the carpooling programme of choice by music festival Benicàssim. While BlaBlaCar offers access to other members through Facebook...

TINA Bike Library

This Is Not Art festival (TINA) is a new media festival held across numerous venues in the city centre of Newcastle, Australia. Its cutting edge programme includes Electrofringe, Sound Summit, National Young Writers Festival, Critical Animals and a massive Zine Fair. People from around the country and across the world attend. Although the festival venues are all quite close, the programme is packed full and getting from one venue to the other is sometimes a rush. As a response to this, innovative volunteers came up with a couple of sustainable transport concepts. In 2005 a number of ‘White Bikes’ were released on to the streets of Newcastle during the festival, branded with stickers that read ‘free for your use’.  A mysterious man, only known as ‘the White Rider’ was believed to be behind them. The bikes became communal property and were left outside venues. If a bike was outside a venue event attendees were  free to take it to ride to another venue. The theory was that there would always be bikes outside all venues. The project was not repeated, perhaps because none of the bikes were returned, or because the organisers moved onto other projects… In 2008, the White Bike Project was given a tune up and morphed into the TINA Bike Library co-ordinated by bike activists from the Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre. This time more, and better bikes were pulled together and event attendees could loan them out for the duration of the festival. This ensured that the bikes made it back at the end and also gave those who wanted to ride, the guarantee that they...

Carpoolchella

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, is a three-day annual music festival held In the USA. Its capacity is 100 000 people, it’s held in an urban area with up to 50 000 cars driving to the event each day. To alleviate traffic congestion and cut down emissions from the transport of their audience, Coachella has created Carpoolchella! Carpoolchella is a carpooling initiative created by Coachella + Global Inheritance that rewards people for driving to the venue with four or more people in a car. Festival attendees have the opportunity to win a range of prizes by advertising their environmentally conscious decision with a sign on their car that says ‘Carpoolchella’. Attendees often decorate their cars more elaborately to raise the profile of their entry. Carpoolchella has transformed into an opportunity for carpoolers to boast their individuality, their Coachella spirit, their hometowns, their favourite bands and more. A few times a day, a representative walks around the parking lot and chooses a car at random to reward with special prizes.  Some of these prizes include VIP tickets for life, wristband upgrades, tickets to the next year’s Coachella Festival, as well as merchandise and attraction vouchers. Beyond congestion and emissions reductions, Carpoolchella generates excitement about the festival before people even enter the grounds. www.globalinheritance.org |...

Lovely safe Bike Valet at events.

Set up a parking station for bicycles. Use scaffold with an ‘X’ of scaffold at the end to make bays. Alternatively use waist high barrier fence – the slotted type. Coordinate with a community group, or a cycling group to manage the area. Ensure security of the bikes. Hand out tickets as in a valet or cloakroom. Set up a bike fix-it station for quick repairs and tune ups. Offer incentives to those that arrive by bike....