During recent events, SideCar took all of its weekend (November 9-11, 2012) proceeds (80% of your donation goes to the driver, 20% goes to SideCar) from both San Francisco and Seattle and donated it to the efforts in helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy via the American Red Cross. I read that update while in a SideCar going from A to B; I was incentivized to donate, to be a part of a greater cause. Many of my friends use SideCar, this became a topic of conversation when we met up, and by extension the effort became a word of mouth spread in and of itself. The community’s pay it forward approach generated more community both in SF and NYC, a win on all fronts with the sincere intention right from the beginning.
Communities with this type of organic growth are the ones that everyone wants to be a part of, they are memorable, fun, and valuable. Who doesn’t want to be apart of that? I asked myself, “if SideCar were to disappear tomorrow, would I notice and miss it”, without a doubt, I said yes and that’s how I quickly validated the value and impact it had on my day to day life. So, thanks SideCar for the community that we’ve all created and more importantly, thanks for reaching out and voicing your position on this one, looking at the number of signatures on this petition, it looks like a few of you feel the same way I do! Let’s keep ensure that carsharing is here to stay because this level of value on all accounts is sustainable.