Be Thankful for the Ride

Why did the turkey cross the road? To get to the carpool! Sign up to share the ride on

Why did the turkey cross the road? To get to the carpool! Sign up to share the ride on

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office

Want a chance to win $200? Then post a ride to Zimride during the month of November and be entered into an opportunity to win a $200, $100, or $50 MasterCard Gift Card! Plus, Zimride will help you find a passenger to share the ride and to lessen emissions by reducing single-occupant vehicle trips.

Wait, did I hear you say you don’t know how to post a ride? No worries – it’s easy! Log in now at with your University ID number to get started. Here is a screen-by-screen demonstration to help walk you through the process:

Step 1: Dashboard

dashboardWhen you log in with your University ID number, it brings up your personal Zimride dashboard. From here, you can update your profile and commuter calendar, but most importantly, you can post a ride! Click the yellow button in the upper right corner.

Step 2: Ride or Drive?

rideORdriveFirst, highlight whether you are a driver or a passenger. Then, indicate your starting and ending points. (Did you know there are at least three towns in the U.S. named Turkey? Yep, we’ve got Turkey, Texas, Turkey, N.C., and Turkey Creek, La. If only the town of Cranberry was nearby.) Click Next Step.

Step 3: When will you go?

when will you goIndicate whether this is a commute (i.e. a regularly-occurring trip) or a one-time drive. Next, select the date and time you want to leave Salt Lake City and when you’d like to return. Click Next Step.

Step 4: Additional details

additionaldeetsYowza, it is more than 2,200 miles to Turkey, N.C.! That is going to take a lot of gas. On this page, you can ask your passengers to contribute toward fuel costs, and you can even select whether they pay with credit card, cash, or PayPal. You can also indicate the number of passengers you are willing to take. Lastly, you can select whether you want the trip to be visible to the U’s Trusted Partners, who are Utah State and Brigham Young universities. Last step: Click post the ride! Now you can return to your Dashboard to see your post and whether anyone wants to join.

So don’t be a turkey—use Zimride to go home for Thanksgiving, take a trip to the mountains, and commute to campus. For more information, visit

Zimride, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers within a private University of Utah network heading to the same area. It is free for students, faculty and staff to join the network and begin searching for matches or posting rides of their own. Zimride was funded by the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, which is managed by the U’s Sustainability Office.

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt is the campus engagement coordinator for the Sustainability Office.

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