Without Uber, demand for alternative forms of transportation is on the rise in Vancouver.
CEO of Spare Rides, Kristoffer Bik Hansen, says 2,000 people have downloaded the carpooling app since its launch in February.
He says it matches riders with drivers on routes mostly to UBC and back.
“This is a service you would use to and from work so it is something that would complement your driving alone or riding public transit. So while Uber is more like a taxi service, most people don’t use a taxi service to get to work.”
Hansen says interest is rising for ride-sharing services.
“There is definitely an increased demand for services like this. People are looking for alternative ways to get around.”
Bik Hansen says it’s cheap, only 40 cents/km, which covers the actual cost of the ride.
That’s why it doesn’t violate B.C.’s Passenger Transportation Regulations and drivers aren’t required to obtain commercial insurance.