Last Updated on: October 14th, 2015
When it comes to ridesharing, everyone is quick to point out the flaws and the what-ifs, especially when it comes to those who are in the professional transportation department.
However, ridesharing is already proving to be a benefit to communities as they expand across the various nations. In fact, one of the biggest benefits to ridesharing within a community is how it is lowering traffic.
Indeed, in larger cities, it is next to impossible to find streets that are not polluted with daily and nightly traffic. Ridesharing vastly reduces traffic by allowing people who normally might rely on their cars more options. Their cost is reduced and so is the strain on the interstates during rush hour. In fact, with less cars out on the road and more people within a community ridesharing, the benefits on the wallet and our sanity also join the environmental benefits. Less cars on the road mean less stress on Mother Earth’s dress!
Traffic pollution is just as bad, if not worse, as the mountains of garbage stacked up in the local garbage dump. With so many cars sitting still for long periods of time, idling and the increased percentage of accidents over the past few years, reducing the amount of vehicles in use at once is absolutely vital as much as it is a benefit to ridesharing. Calling a friendly Uber or Lyft driver is a way to keep the stress off the roadways and off yourself as well. Already, the benefits of less traffic is being seen in rideshare reliant neighborhoods. The ease on the roadways has been a huge aid in numerous areas. Oddly enough, another perk of rideshare communities also comes from the social interaction value.
You might not think that chatting it up with what is essentially a cab driver might sound like fun, but many Uber and Lyft drivers are everyday people out to make some money and help out their community. To put it politely – you are less likely to get the surly cab driver stereotype with rideshare drivers. There is even the chance that others will be picked up enroute to your destination, which can be a great chance for socializing in general.
In short, much like the community bicycle program introduced in several states, rideshare communities have many of the same advantages. Reduction in traffic, pollution, overall travel costs and even a chance for interaction are just a handful of the rewards that communities that have implemented rideshares are seeing. The larger they grow and the more participants become involved, the possibilities and benefits are endless.