WINNIPEG — Two former Conservative MPs have come up with a new app to let sports and concert fans share rides with each other to save money and cut down on vehicle emissions.
EventRide is the idea of Rod Bruinooge and Lawrence Toet, two former politicians under the previous federal government.
“When a baseball fan decides they want to leave their car at home, EventRide will find them someone who is prepared to share a ride to the game,” said Bruinooge, the app’s CEO.
Once opening the app, users are given a list of all games and concerts in their area — all of North America to be exact. They can either offer a ride or request a ride. Riders then split the cost of parking at the venue.
EventRide is working with Toronto-based Carbonzero, who will coordinate the greenhouse gas reduction project and application for issuance of carbon offsets.
“EventRide will utilize ride data collected with their new sports fan ride share app to quantify what emissions EventRide users have saved through using their service,” said Dan Fraleigh, COO of Carbonzero.
The app is a free download for iOS and Android devices.
A formal launch of the app is planned for Wednesday at Clay Oven Shaw Park starting at 11:30 a.m.