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New Carpool Website Aims to Ease Nation's Gas Pains
Nationwide, media reports and polls indicate many Americans and businesses are feeling the effects of gas pains, due to people stomaching the financial impacts of high fuel prices. Recent economic reports indicate that American consumers are beginning to tighten their belts and reduce spending, slowing the economy.
"Increasing gas prices are hurting people, and it is only going to get worse" says Randy White, a member of a newly formed Peak Oil Task Force charged with helping the City of Portland explore the effects of rising energy costs. "There may be some ups and downs, but overall Americans need to prepare for everything to just keep getting more expensive."
Formed in May of 2006, the Portland Peak Oil Task Force is comprised of twelve volunteer citizens that will soon issue a report highlighting areas of concern to the city in regards to transportation, land use, economics, the food system and social services. White believes he and his team of programmers have created a solution to help municipalities across the country ease increasing transportation pains. Their solution? A free Internet based carpool website municipalities can implement to help their populations get from here to there.
"Carpoolcrew.com exists to help people when they are ready to seek alternatives to driving alone," says White. "The problem right now is many people don't want to give up their freedom of going where they want, when they want." Launched September 1st, Carpoolcrew.com aims to help introduce people that are ready to carpool to one another and ease the challenges of finding the right carpool partners.
"No one wants to carpool with strangers they don't know, and it doesn't make sense to drive across town to pick up friends. We aim to help drivers link up with people living close to them they will get along with. It's basically a free matching service."
With his steadfast belief that carpooling is a necessity of the future, White understands that carpoolcrew.com is a solution waiting for a problem. "Most people aren't ready to carpool yet," he concedes. "But with traffic congestion, high fuel prices, CO2 emissions and employer incentives, attitudes are starting to change. We fully support the Oil Depletion Protocol. Over time, people will need look for transportation alternatives and find others like themselves that live or work close by. It's pretty simple, really."
Carpoolcrew.com is placing its bets on values matching, allowing carpoolers across the country to locate people within close proximity that share similar values, such as favorite radio stations.
"If you like a certain type of music or talk radio, you probably want to ride with someone else who likes the same." Says White. The site expands this concept to include matching work schedules, sex, smoking preferences, and more. He bets that as gas prices increase, more people will seek ways to save money while making driving trips for shopping or work commutes. As oil traders continue to experience roller coaster markets, Carpoolcrew.com will just have to wait and see.
Randy White, Carpool Idealist