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With rising congestion, public transport or carpooling is the way to go. With rising congestion, public transport or carpooling is the way to go. Rodger Bosch

Carpooling app could halve congestion

Mar 20, 2017

As traffic gridlock and lengthening peak hours contribute to Cape Town’s worsening congestion rank, business leadership organisation Accelerate Cape Town believes an answer lies in the use of a rideshare application called uGoMyWay.

Launched late last year, the application is available for iOS devices through the App Store and for Android users through Google Play. Members create journeys that would constitute their daily travel requirements such as ‘home to work’ or ‘school to gym’, and then link up with compatible users whose routines are similar through a chat function. Once a dialogue has been established, personal details are shared and the group can then go on to determine who the driver will be and share the cost for a journey accordingly.

Accelerate Cape Town investigated a number of apps and believes a critical mass is needed for success.

“As a corporate collective we tried to find our own solution without relying solely on government to combat congestion. Cape Town is not big enough in terms of current carpool users to support numerous apps, and uGoMyWay met important criteria, such as security,” says Accelerate Cape Town CEO, Ryan Ravens.

Users can request to be part of a ring-fenced community, such as a school or a particular workplace.

Some large corporates based in and around the CBD that have launched the uGoMyWay programme internally include Allan Gray, British American Tobacco, Deloitte, Nedbank, PWC and Webber Wentzel. According to Ravens, 90% of employees were able to make a quick match.

According to the uGoMyWay website, Old Mutual in Pinelands tops the ‘leaderboard’ for corporate organisations. Others include colleges, government, NGOs, schools and universities.

With almost 50% of road users in Cape Town made up of private cars, and 79% of those are single occupant vehicles, Accelerate Cape Town believes that by sharing a vehicle with just one other person the number of these with only one person could be halved. 

Last modified on Monday, 20 March 2017 09:03
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