Reduce your carbon footprint with BlablaCar
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Talk 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, www.blablacar.com, 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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