By Kimberly Pruitt
There is a bumper sticker that can be seen around campus that reads: “If you see my professor, tell ’em I’m still looking for a parking place.”
While this is, on the surface, humorous, there is a growing problem with parking. Many students are willing to risk wheel-locking just so they can park closer to where they need to be. Therefore, the Resource and Environment Committee brain-stormed over the course of the summer about how to best combat gas prices, parking issues, and how to reduce carbon expenditure.
This group is responsible for addressing “staff concerns and proposals related to the work environment, campus environment, work safety, parking and transportation, building and equipment repairs, and other associated topics.”
What they found was a service that Western had previously set up, but was not being used-the WCU Ride Share Board.
In short, the WCU Ride Share Board is an online carpooling site open to students and faculty. There is no charge to use this service and any agreement made between parties is strictly private and unconnected with the site. Anyone can register to either offer a ride or request a ride and potentially reach more people. This is a great way to meet new people and make friends as well as make it to classes and appointments on time.
If you would like to check out the WCU Ride Share Board and submit a request or offer for a ride, you can go to the following link and find out more about Western’s renewal of this innovation to bring carpooling into the 21st century.
Check out: http://www.wcu.edu/studenthomepage/rideboard.