Stories from the Road: Birds of a Feather Zimride Together

Today’s Story from the Road by Shad shows how his Zimrides to Tahoe have helped him save on gas and make new friends.

I work for a large company with tens of thousands of employees, so Zimride and Facebook actually helped me find rideshare buddies I would not have thought of. Also, use of the Zimride referral link breaks the ice and turns us onto the idea of sharing our resources rather than clogging the roads with more cars. It also keeps us from draining our wallets of money we would rather spend on skiing and boarding equipment like new boots and helmets.

One of my riders was a repeat from a previous Zimride who as it turns out skis pretty much at my level (i.e. gnarly stuff). I arranged to pick him up at the Larkspur Landing Ferry for our Zimride to Lake Tahoe, and it turned out someone else found me on Zimride that wanted to ride with me using the very same ferry. What are the odds! While waiting for the ferry to arrive with my passengers, a third passenger contacted me to ride from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe, which was perfect because we had just enough room for one more person. The Zimride communication features were perfect for coordinating rides because each of them could see what they were getting into. They had time to lookup my profile and my vehicle to decide whether it was appropriate for them. And there was zero tension about when we would arrive and who would pay for gas, food, etc. That right there made the ride an absolute blast. One of my passengers turned out to be an experienced back-country snowboarder with amazing stories about ski areas all over the United States. I’d pay to hear the things he shared with us. Great stuff!!!

Our 4-1/2 hour drive seemed like it flew by in half that time. 🙂

Thanks to Shad for sharing his story! If you have a story that you want to share, please send your Zimride Story from the Road to!

-Your Zimride Crew

Meet Zac, Our Tahoe Route Expert

Before joining Zimride, I co-founded the band Hot Buttered Rum and spent ten years traveling around the country in a vegetable oil powered tour bus. In the process of playing nearly 200 shows a year and teaching people how to run their diesel vehicles on grease, I also became quite familiar with the interstate highway system.

Now, as Zimride’s Director of Lake Tahoe Route Development, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to decrease the impact that cars have on the environment while transforming driving into a shared and social experience. I have always felt that our current transportation system needed reinventing, and Zimride has shown me how that’s possible.

Growing up in Oakland, California, I have travelled the I-80 to Lake Tahoe for ski trips for more than 30 winters. I love this place, and so do the 3 million plus visitors that come to Lake Tahoe every year. While tourism is great for Tahoe’s economy, the pollution from cars traveling there is threatening the pristine natural beauty that attracts people in the first place.

Of Tahoe’s annual visitors, 77% get there in a private vehicle with most of those cars having at least one empty seat. That’s a whole lot of cars with a whole lot of empty seats causing a whole lot of traffic and carbon emissions. Not to mention that gas prices are out of control and driving alone is totally boring.

Zimride is the solution. Ridesharing to Tahoe is the most efficient way to save money and help keep it beautiful. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new skiing buddies. So, next time you’re headed to the slopes, stop by first.

Happy Travels!
Zac Matthews
Director of Route Development, SF->Lake Tahoe