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ECU launches social network for ridesharing

ECU has partnered with Zimride to launch a social network for ridesharing. The Zimride platform uses Facebook to create a way to find others to share commutes or one-time rides. The private network allows individual to join together and potentially reduce campus traffic and parking difficulties.

“Zimride is a great way to save money and help protect the environment,” said Bill Koch, ECU associate vice chancellor of Environmental Health and Campus Safety. “We’re thrilled to offer this innovative solution to our students, faculty and staff.”

Zimride has developed a custom rideshare solution for ECU’s campus. Through Zimride’s web-based interface, faculty, staff and students can find others with similar commuting patterns or destinations. As a social network platform with optional Facebook integration, Zimride allows users to view profiles for common networks, interests and friends before deciding to share a ride with someone.

University students, faculty and staff can access the ECU Zimride website at The system requires an ECU PirateID username and password to gain access.

Zimride is the largest online social rideshare community in North America with more than 350,000 users. Zimride has implemented rideshare communities for more than 50 of the nation’s universities and companies, including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Cornell University, Wal-Mart and CIGNA.

This story appeared originally in the Oct. 29, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at