About Kootenay Rideshare

Kootenay Rideshare, a project of West Kootenay EcoSociety, is designed to minimize the impacts of travel across the Kootenay region and beyond.

Ridesharing saves money - The Canadian Automobile Association reports that the average yearly cost of operating a vehicle can be as high as $8600 a year, or nearly $23.50 per day! Ridesharing can help you offset these costs because passengers contribute gas money!

Ridesharing reduces your greenhouse gas emissions - Greenhouse gases produced from transport fuels are a major contributor to climate change. Road transportation is responsible for 46% of the average Canadian's personal greenhouse gas emissions. Ridesharing with one other person commonly reduces a commuter's greenhouse gas emissions from one-half to two tonnes per year.

Ridesharing calms traffic - Almost 80% of cars on Canadian roads are single occupancy vehicles. Rideshares reduce traffic flow, making travel safer and less stressful for everyone.

Ridesharing builds community - Travelling together with people builds relationships. Offering rides is important for those who don't have vehicles or who are no longer capable of driving but need to get places - especially in our rural communities where public transit is limited. By sharing a ride you are helping your neighbours and maybe making new friends.

Thanks for making the Kootenay Rideshare one of the most successful rideshare sites in Canada!

Improvements to this site made possible by generous grants from Columbia Basin Trust and the Healthy Community Society of the North Slocan.