A BYU-Idaho spokesperson announced at City Council on Oct. 21 the latest version of a ride board, called Zimride.
Jessica Sorenson, the contracting & supplier relationship administrator at BYU-I, said Zimride is part of Enterprise Car Rental.
“It allows you to connect with your Facebook profile; it allows you to post one way rides, destination rides and commuting rides,” Sorenson said.
Eric Conrad, University Services managing director, said that his children have used Zimride when they have needed to get around Provo, Utah.
“They’ve been using Zimride, and they’re able to basically post the day of or a few days ahead of time and say, ‘I need a ride,’ and they’ve loved it,” Conrad said.
Sorenson said it is fairly easy to sign up for Zimride or to become a member of Car Share. She said students can sign in using the BYU-I identification.
Eleanor Smith, a sophomore studying psychology, said she has used ride boards in the past and never had much problem with them.
“Well, I’ve used it a lot, actually, just to go down to Provo to visit my grandparents, and it’s been fun,” Smith said. “I like meeting random people.”
Smith said that though she has not yet tried Zimride, she thinks it will work basically the same as previous ride boards have.
“You just put what you need and get in contact with other people,” Smith said.
Conrad said BYU-I originally adopted Zimride as a way to transport students around Rexburg.
Forty-six percent of students who have cars are visiting stores and businesses in Rexburg, according to the presentation at City Council.
“So, if you’re heading to Wal-Mart this afternoon or you’d like to go to Wal-Mart and someone else is going, they might be in an apartment right next to you, and now you’ll know that there’s a connection,” Conrad said.
Sorenson said Zimride at BYU-I is also connected to BYU.
Sorenson said students will be able to connect with people at BYU to not only get a ride to Provo, but around the city as well.
Sorenson said that BYU-I is not liable if anything goes wrong and it is up to the driver’s insurance to cover anything that may be a problem.
Conrad said Zimride is safer to use than any previous ride boards because only students, faculty and staff can use it, whereas anyone could post on the ride boards before.
Conrad said that it has been about two months since Zimride was instituted at BYU-I.
Sorenson said that as of Oct. 28, just under 3,700 students are signed on with Zimride. She said that is about 100 students signing up per day.
Conrad said this is the fastest growth Zimride has seen in the country.
In addition to Zimride, BYU-I also has five rental cars.
“We have four on campus and one over at the Ivy, but a member has access to all cars,” Sorenson said. “You would sign up through Car Share — it’s on our Web page — or there’s a booth out every Wednesday out at the Manwaring Center. But it is your ability to rent a car for an hourly rate.”
Sorenson said the price of renting a car for an hour depends on the promotion Enterprise Car Share is running, but is around $5 right now.
“We’ve seen it used from going grocery shopping here in Rexburg to Idaho Falls, to Jackson,” Sorenson said. “Someone took it to Texas. I don’t recommend that; it’s very expensive.”
For more information about Zimride or the Car Share program, contact Chad Wright, a BYU-I intern with Enterprise at firstname.lastname@example.org.