Two days after the launch of the Whitefield Rising Pool Circle Initiative, Ashish (the ride giver) and Pravir (the ride sharer) car-pooled from Whitefield to Domlur on the morning of 19th October. Although their residences, as well as their offices, are 3 km apart, PoolCircle app and SMS helped coordinate the 12 km overlap.
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Pooling helped bring down one single occupant car from choked roads, brought down emission, saved precious fuel, and brought joy to both riders. No monetary transaction was involved. The riders discovered their common roots in a distant district of North-West India. Being members of the WR-moderated group helped overcome the ‘unknown rider’ fear factor.
During the trial run in September of this initiative, WR volunteers Sundaram (taker) and Pravir (giver) had shared a ride from Domlur to Whitefield in the evening. Today’s ride, entirely enabled by the PoolCircle app, kickstarts WR’s latest programme and completes the ‘pool circle’.
“It was a really nice experience to complete my first pool ride,” said a delighted Ashish after his first shared ride. “Apart from the obvious happiness about contributing towards a less congested and less polluted world, it also led to a nice conversation and a discovery of a lot that the two riders had in common and the overlaps they shared. I now feel confident that ‘pooling’ is the way to go.”
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