Ian Vigor and his wife are using the internet to look for a ride to Landsborough.
Ian Vigor and his wife are using the internet to look for a ride to Landsborough. John Gass

Couple opt for e-hitching

A COUPLE living in Palm Beach are using the internet to hitch a ride for the first time.

Ian Vigor used the Share Your Ride website to put out a call for he and his wife to share a ride from Coolangatta to the Sunshine Coast with a short, simple posting.

“My wife and I are looking for a ride from Gold Coast to Landsborough, or close to it. September 3 or 4 would be fine. Could possibly flex to one or two days after. Thanks!”

Mr Vigor said he felt comfortable using the internet to organise such a trip. “I have no concerns about safety in doing this – no more than taking a public bus.

Mr Vigor, who has never hitchhiked, said online ride-sharing was a much-safer option.

“Hitchhiking on the street is an undocumented meeting; at least if it's online it is documented.

“Online ride-sharing also gives the two parties some time and the opportunity for a few exchanges before deciding to hop in the car,” Mr Vigor said.

“Online ride-sharing can be organised to suit the needs of both parties well in advance of the travel requirements, making it extremely practical and economic.”

And he said it should not stop there.

“We own cars and video cameras and chainsaws that go unused many days out of the week.

“This is a huge waste, and the impact of this on the environment is massive,” Mr Vigor said.

“If we made the effort to share our resources in a communal way, we would conserve fuel, reduce manufacturing and consumption waste, avoid needless personal spending, and build community.”


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