Zimride is the largest web-based ridesharing and carpooling network in North America, serving customers through a private network of over 300,000 users on more than 130 colleges and universities, as well as corporate campuses. The company was founded in 2007 by Logan Green and John Zimmer, who’ve since gone on to create the on-demand transportation network company Lyft.
Green and Zimmer started Zimride with the goal of making it easier for university students to carpool home during the holidays and on weekend trips. With this student-friendly transportation solution, drivers could find others within their community to help split the cost of the trip and pitch in for gas while riders could save money otherwise spent on a car rental or public transportation. The audience eventually expanded to the general public in cities such as San Francisco and Austin, Texas.
In 2013, Zimride was sold to Enterprise Holdings. At the time, Zimride offered public, as well as private network use, of its services. In January 2015, Enterprise announced that it was no longer taking Zimride reservations from the general public and, instead, was focusing on its core business of providing ride-matching services to university, business, and governmental partners.
Zimride has definitely gone the extra mile in introducing a very convenient transportation program for corporate commuters as well as college students, faculty and staff. It has created a kind of 21st-century ride-sharing board that has huge potential not only in the U.S., but in many other countries as well. The service is a lot cheaper than taking the bus for weekend trips. If you catch a ride with somebody, you only have to pay the driver an agreed-upon amount, depending on your destination.
To help build a level of trust between hosting drivers and carpooling riders, Zimride offers universities and companies the opportunity to integrate their .edu or corporate login system with their site. Having an official college or corporate email address is a helpful way of adding trust and accountability to the ride-sharing system. This is also a great way to help find people who are carpooling to your work or needing travel in your local area.
The best part of all: the entire process of Zimriding isn't complicated at all! In seconds you can set up a profile, post a ride by entering your current location and destination and Zimride will generate a list of potential matches arranged by how far every person wants to travel following the same route. Users can also post a destination that they would like to go-to or travel-to sometime down the line and then receive alerts through Email or via Facebook notification when a match pops up. Zimride also does not charge for the following:
Therefore, it gives staff and students an opportunity to travel and explore places they have never seen before and that too with the companionship of a new friend!
Generally, the service is offered free for 50 members per company network or school, but if the number of members crosses that threshold, Zimride will automatically seek out the network or school owner to pay a subscription fee to continue allowing its employees and students to use the service and give added benefits. Consequently, Zimride offers the ultimate solution to parking congestion and office relocation.
Additionally, it provides unique benefits to students and employees, but it also helps to create a more sustainable transportation solution. Those who share the ride reduce their overall carbon footprint by lessening the number of vehicles used for the daily commute and promoting the use of extra seats in cars that are already traveling every day.
Although Zimride has generated quite a huge reputation in just a few years, it does tend to have a few downsides that might scare away some potential users.
First of all, Zimride charges universities and company networks a flat fee every year for the service if the number of members sharing a ride exceeds 50. While this flat fee model seems like a good idea, it generally makes the brand unresponsive and complacent to many users, as not everyone would be willing to pay a flat fee. There are also a number of services not included in the overall Zimride price, which includes:
Secondly, using Zimride can be a great experience where you can meet and make new friends, but it does prove to be a little dangerous. Now, why is that? Well, other than a profile, you don't have much information regarding the person you are sharing a ride with. Consequently, this raises many concerns about safety and could possibly lead to a negative experience.
Therefore, although the service does prove to be cost-effective, the efforts involved in developing points of trust between two people sharing a ride can get extremely frustrating; hence it may just prove to be more convenient for students or employees to just go along with the traditional public transportation.
Zimride was helpful when I wasn't using uber or lyft. Reliable and pretty fast. But like most car sharing, you share with others for the lower price.
Zimride does not do any background check on riders. It does not check Drivers ID, Insurance, drug tests, driving records or criminal records. Hitch hiking in the modern age is dangerous to the health and wellbeing of all. So what if it is a little more friendly to the environment and the schools get a little financial kick back for pushing it on the students. When your daughter is raped or killed using this service, you will wish you never thought it was a good idea.