About Cortes Island Rideshare

Cortes Island Rideshare, a project of Island Carshare Co-op, is designed to minimize the impacts of travel across the Cortes Island, our region and beyond.

Ridesharing saves money - The Canadian Automobile Association reports that the average yearly cost of operating a vehicle can be as high as $8600 a year, or nearly $23.50 per day! Ridesharing can help you offset these costs because passengers contribute gas money!

Ridesharing reduces your greenhouse gas emissions - Greenhouse gases produced from transport fuels are a major contributor to climate change. Road transportation is responsible for 46% of the average Canadian's personal greenhouse gas emissions. Ridesharing with one other person commonly reduces a commuter's greenhouse gas emissions from one-half to two tonnes per year.

Ridesharing calms traffic - Almost 80% of cars on Canadian roads are single occupancy vehicles. Rideshares reduce traffic flow, making travel safer and less stressful for everyone.

Ridesharing builds community - Travelling together with people builds relationships. Offering rides is important for those who don't have vehicles or who are no longer capable of driving but need to get places - especially in our rural communities where public transit is limited. By sharing a ride you are helping your neighbours and maybe making new friends.

Thank you to the West Kootenay EcoSociety for their assistance in making this site available to Cortes Island.