What do the technical hubs of Silicon Valley, Austin Texas and Research Triangle Park have in common? Many things, I'm sure, but I'm going to focus on: a whole bunch of smart people doing dumb things. Specifically, solo occupancy vehicle commuting.
I know you probably know someone who works at UNC or Duke who carpools(or vanpools), because these folks love to bring it up when you're grousing about having to put a timing belt on a three year-old car. But why don't we all engage in some form of ridesharing?
I mean, it makes so much sense, both economically and environmentally, that there must be some important aspect I'm not considering. This also may have some bearing on future ridership of light rail or other public transportation initiatives.
So, assuming the membership at BlueNC is a microcosm of the rest of the (progressive) state, why don't we discuss the things that keep us from behaving smartly? :)
In case you're looking for some carpool buddies: