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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

With a growing population in Dunedin, there are more cars travelling on our roads. Most cars on our roads are single occupancy, driving side by side into the city in the morning, and out again in the afternoon.

By ridesharing with others in your neighbourhood who work near you, you can help to reduce congestion and make our transport system more efficient and operate more smoothly.

Ridesharing can also significantly cut down your cost of driving and parking, as you will be sharing the cost with your fellow ridesharers. The more people who travel together, the cheaper it gets for the individual.

Sharing your ride can also be a fun and sociable way to start and end your working day.

How to rideshare

The first step is to find people to rideshare with. If you already know people who are keen, start by discussing it with them.

If you want to find more potential rideshare partners, join Smart Travel (link to external website, new window) and let the website do the hard work of finding fellow ridesharers for you.

Once you’ve got your group sorted, make sure you exchange cellphone numbers so you can contact each other if plans change.

Staying safe

If you are ridesharing with people you don’t know:

  • Meet potential rideshare partners in a public place before ridesharing with them to see if you will be happy to travel together.
  • Tell someone else who you rideshare with and how to contact them.
  • If you don’t want to reveal where you live, arrange to be picked up and dropped off somewhere nearby.
  • If you don’t want to walk home from a drop-off point in the dark, make arrangements in advance so that you don’t have to.

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