LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2019) — Free access to trip planning resources is now available to University of Kentucky students and employees as the result of a partnership between UK Transportation Services and Ride Amigos. Ride Amigos is a cloud-based commuter software program that allows users to easily find others who are traveling in the same area and could potentially share rides.
While the platform offers easy-to-use tools for people who are interested in ridesharing or carpooling, it also has information on walking and biking, public transportation and driving options. Anyone with a UK linkblue login can use Ride Amigos. Visit https://uky.rideamigos.com/ to register and log into the site.
Once you create an account, the Ride Amigos platform produces a customized dashboard that enables you to see and track your commutes and to create or search for other transportation options. You can use Ride Amigos to locate carpool opportunities from your home to campus or to search for ridesharing opportunities for Spring Break or for away football, basketball or other sports-related events. The platform enables you to connect with other potential carpool drivers or passengers quickly and easily. As the number of users on the platform increases, ridesharing options will become more abundant.
Ride Amigos can also be used to compare travel options and travel times and costs, while factoring in the health perks and environmental impacts of each option. The program also has the ability to create mobility-related challenges between teams or networks.
Using the integrated smartphone app, users can log their daily vehicle commutes or even their pedestrian or bicycle miles. The Ride Amigos app is available for both Android and Apple devices.
If you’re a member of UK’s Commute Club, you can use the Ride Amigos app to earn points that can be redeemed for prizes at the end of the year. Learn more about Commute Club here.
“I’m really excited about Ride Amigos as a platform for students and employees,” said Sandra Broadus, UK’s alternative transportation manager. “I get calls every year from employees asking about carpooling options, and from students or parents asking about a ride share board to find ways to get home over the breaks. Now we can offer both in the same package, while also increasing our ability to gamify transportation for our Commute Club members.”
Ride Amigos also has robust reporting tools that can be used by the university to assist in implementing the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to transportation issues. Ride Amigos is already in use by businesses such as Google and TOMS and by public entities including the City of Austin and the University of Alabama, among others.
To sign up or to learn more about Ride Amigos, visit their website.
UK Transportation Services strives to improve the quality of life on campus by offering responsive, sustainable and reliable access to infrastructure and mobility solutions. To learn more about transportation options, follow Transportation Services on Twitter @UKParking or visit online at www.uky.edu/transportation.
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