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BlablaCar the green solution to drivingTalk about perfect timing!

Do you remember Small Footprints challenged us to take to our bikes or walk instead of using the car?

I couldn’t really join in with the challenge because of where I live.

But this week I came across the delightfully named “BlablaCar” which describes itself as “a new way to travel”.

Not only is it a new way to travel, but it’s an opportunity to earn money (yes I said EARN money), make friends and reduce your carbon footprint with this pioneering service that connects drivers with people looking for a ride.

How cool is that?

We’ve got Landshare connecting people with land to people who want to grow food.

We’ve got Freecycle connecting people with stuff to give away with the people who want it.

And now we’ve got BlablaCar joining the ranks of organisations and businesses who want to make our world a greener place.

BlablaCar has been in Europe for a few years and has 1.5 million members sharing more than six million trips per year, but now it’s spread its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang wings over to the UK.

I’ve been having a play on their site,, and it’s really simple to use.

Drivers and passengers post details about themselves and rate each other on a range of criteria, from performance and reliability, to how chatty they are. A bit like an eBay reputation, this helps to create a trust network.

According to BlablaCar, drivers could earn as much as £2,200 per annum by only sharing 150 miles of travel per week. Passengers, on the other hand, can grab themselves some cost effective, convenient transport and save money.

If that isn’t incentive enough to sign up, you could pick up BlablaCar’s ‘mystery passenger’ who might enable you to earn £500 for being their winning driver on any London to North West journey. BlablaCar therefore wants to reward UK drivers sharing their journeys between the North West and London. For more information on this or to take advantage of the competition, visit the site here.

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  1. nadine sellers on October 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Babel on wheels, i like the way people are reacting to financial pressures by becoming more and more innovative, and ecologists must be relieved as well. less pollution, more sociability…nice to note.

  2. Mrs Green on October 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

    @nadine sellers: I think the scheme sounds fantastic and am looking forward to it being a success over here. It seems a no brainer really and no doubt something we all did a few years ago when one-car families (or less!) were the norm… One of our neighbours houses boasts SIX cars on the drive!

  3. EcoGrrl on October 10, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Do they have ZipCar there as well? Zipcar bought Flexcar here several years back and I think they said it started in the UK…? I have a membership as a car-free girl and LOVE it!! US $10/hr includes all gas and insurance and is so great if I need to go pick up something *big* that’s not bike-able – like my annual truckloads of mulch for the garden, or monster bags of dog food for the pup 🙂 There are so many ways to decrease driving even if you can’t go car-free – Zipcar here has encouraged many families to go from 2 to 1 car, which I love hearing about 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story!

  4. […] week that I turned down a corporate Zip Car membership. Maybe time to reconsider?  Or what about BlaBlaCar, a ride-sharing service that cuts carbon – and […]

  5. Mrs Green on November 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    @EcoGrrl: I believe ZipCar does exist in a few areas in the UK; it’s not nationwide and limited to larger cities. Sounds like a brilliant scheme and so pleased it works for you …

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