ZoomPool Gets Green Light: Safe and Easy Ridesharing

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Launches today in San Francisco Bay Area. ZoomPool makes carpooling more predictable, safe, fun and rewarding by matching drivers and riders according to their personal preferences.

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Sharing a car is easily the best way to double or triple your gas mileage, but people are sometimes reluctant to carpool with strangers

ZoomPool, a new ridesharing service that aims to make it easier and safer to carpool, launches today in the San Francisco Bay Area. ZoomPool matches drivers and riders according to members' travel needs and their personal preferences for the type of people with whom they'd like to share a ride. ZoomPool is the only rideshare matching service that requires its premium level members to pass a routine background check (much the same as that used by landlords to vet renters), and that lets all its members score each other (in a manner similar to that perfected by eBay) and recommend other members they know.

ZoomPoolers specify their ideal rideshare partner by gender, chattiness, radio content (music or news), smoker/non-smoker, and more. Awkward discussions about cost-sharing are also avoided because, before each ride, ZoomPool calculates fair cost-sharing and processes the transaction between rider and driver as soon as a trip takes place. No money needs to be exchanged at the time of the trip. ZoomPoolers travel safely and enjoy the ride, knowing they are saving on gas and parking, and helping the environment and their community by taking a car off the road.

"Sharing a car is easily the best way to double or triple your gas mileage, but people are sometimes reluctant to carpool with strangers," said Donna Horne, ZoomPool's founder. "As a certified ZoomPool member, you know that your trip partner has passed our screening process, and is licensed and has insurance. You also know what to expect during the journey - right down to whether your partner will be chatty or what will be on the radio. It's like eHarmony for the carpool lane."

ZoomPool is a great solution for meetings and conferences, social events, reunions, concerts and exhibits, and school pick-up/drop-off. ZoomPool is the official rideshare partner for two upcoming local events, and invites people attending these events to go green by taking the service for a spin:
--    Freelance Camp, Santa Cruz, August 15, http://tinyurl.com/nwm3fu
--    Green Software Unconference, Mountain View, August 19, http://tinyurl.com/l2ohtg

Event organizers who would like to lower their event's carbon footprint and provide a practical form of alternative transportation for their attendees can offer the ZoomPool rideshare matching service at no charge, using a convenient SmartBadge that pre-populates their event's details into ZoomPool's trip search page. Contact Donna Horne for more details: info(at)zoompool(dot)com.

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ZoomPool blog: blog.zoompool.com
Check out the ZoomPool page on Facebook
Follow ZoomPool on Twitter: @zoompool

About ZoomPool
ZoomPool redefines ridesharing by facilitating practical carpooling for people going to the same destination. We make sharing a car safer and easier by offering certified members rideshare matches with other certified members who have a clean record. With ZoomPool, you save money, time and parking hassles, decrease your personal carbon footprint, and meet new friends. Let ZoomPool's matching system suggest good trip partners and then you decide which person is best for you by reviewing their feedback rating and comments, social profile links, and recommendations from other trusted members. Zoom Green, Zoom Together, ZoomPool! http://www.zoompool.com

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