Frequently Asked Questions

Technical Problems

  • How do I contact the site administrator?
    We do our best to keep the site simple and user friendly. Unfortunately, Cortes Island Rideshare is a free, volunteer-run site and, due to funding limitations, we are unable to hire a site adminstrator to respond to inquiries. If, after searching through the FAQs, you still can't figure out how to use the site, ask a computer savvy friend for help. If the site simply isn't working, let us know and we will fix it as soon as we can.
  • How do I change or delete a post?
    Rideshare is a registration-free site. To protect your privacy, the only way to edit or delete your post is through the edit and delete links in the confirmation email which was sent to the email address you used when you posted. Can't find it? Have us send another. Still can't find it? Check your junk mail folder and add our email address to your “safe list”.
  • I didn't get a confirmation e-mail. How can I get one?
    Your confirmation email is sent to the email address you used to post on Rideshare. Can't find it? Have us send another. Still can't find it? Check your junk mail folder and add our email address to your “safe list”.
  • I have a new email address. How do I change it?
    We send a confirmation email to the email address you used to post on Rideshare. This email has links that allow you to make changes to your post. Can't find the email? Have us send another. Still can't find it? Check your junk mail folder and add our email address to your “safe list”.
  • How do I make changes to my post?
    We send a confirmation email to the email address you used to post on Rideshare. This email has links that allow you to make changes to your post. Can't find the email? Have us send another. Still can't find it? Check your junk mail folder and add our email address to your “safe list”.
  • I have a suggestion for improving your website. Who do I contact?
    Rideshare is a free, volunteer-run site without the resources to hire an administrator or the means to offer advanced features like user ratings and other services people have come to expect from well-funded commercial sites. We're aware of the shortcomings of the site and plan upgrades and improvements when the necessary resources become available. Until then, we can only ask your patience and understanding.

Safety and Etiquette

  • Dangerous situations
    If you had a rideshare where your safety was jeopardized, please contact the police.
  • The people in my rideshare really sucked. How can I warn others?
    If you feel that you were threatened or placed in danger, please contact the police.
    Unfortunately, because Rideshare is a free, volunteer-run site, we cannot investigate such incidents and exclude inappropriate users when necessary. We plan site upgrades that will allow users to report unpleasant experiences and rate other users just like they do on Ebay. However, this is a major undertaking for which we currently lack adequate resources. Until then, we can only ask your patience and direct you to our Safety & Etiquette tips. That said, the vast majority of rideshares go well.

Sharing Expenses

  • How much money should I ask for or offer?
    Transportation is expensive and people sharing rides should expect to share the expense. However opinions vary as to what's fair so discuss contributions before departing. Use our recommended contributions as a starting point for negotiations.
    Keep in mind:
    • You're not locked in. You can always renegotiate once you meet.
    • Door to door service is valuable and should be taken into consideration.
    • Carpoolers can arrange to pre-pay on a weekly or monthly basis.

Ridesharing

  • Is Rideshare in other places?
    Cortes Island Rideshare serves people travelling to and from the Cortes Island region of British Columbia, Canada. Do a web search to find rideshare services in other places. If you can't find one in your area, we're developing an open source version of this site for others to replicate in other regions. We're eager to make ridesharing available everywhere so please contact us for more details if you're interested in starting a rideshare service in your region.
  • Can I start a Rideshare in my home town?
    Rideshare is being developed as an open source web tool and we encourage you to use it to start a local rideshare service in your region. Contact us for details.