“Is ridesharing the future of transportation in Nigeria? We earnestly believe so.”
Ride-sharing simply means the sharing of a car with others whom you share a similar route or destination with. Either with people who do not own cars or with people who do, but decide to skip on driving. This way, the same amount of people can still travel, but using less fuel, less cars and with greater efficiency. Ride-sharing brings with it a truck-load of benefits that are very crucial in the world we live in today.
With 7 billion people in the world today, 1.2 billion cars on the roads and an estimated 2 billion by 2035, road traffic engagements have skyrocketed and the existing road networks are not just enough to ease the flow of traffic. Research has proven that more roads are not going to solve this problem but less cars on the roads will! Herein lies one of the benefits of ridesharing.
Lagos is one of the big cities around the world that is perennially plagued by traffic gridlocks that could last hours on end. Ride-sharing is undoubtedly the key to easing the already critical traffic situation which would give back to commuters, the hours of manpower and productivity that are lost to traffic each day. Ride-sharing ultimately reduces the amount of cars on the road.
Let’s put this into perspective – if four people, each owning individual cars, decide instead to share one car, this means 3 less cars contributing to traffic jams. Imagine being able to cut-down every private car in Lagos by a factor of 3 and its potential for effectively reducing traffic congestion becomes attractive and clearly feasible.
We are at a point in history where climate change has become such a big concern so much so that one of the largest gathering of world leaders occurred at the Climate Change Conference held in November, 2015 with the sole aim of combating this issue. Ride-sharing also proffers a solution to this. With the ride-sharing initiative of having less cars on the road, inevitably, the sheer amount of greenhouse emissions that would have gone into the atmosphere would suffer a huge dent.
The effects of climate change are devastating, from floods to tsunamis to droughts. It is safe to say the world has taken notice of its effects and people, organisations and governments have started looking at climate-friendly alternatives to otherwise existing environmentally-damaging practices.
On a side note, in the age of burgeoning technology, with more and more people utilizing and engaging tech, Ride-sharing from Jekalo helps to expand the reach of tech by applying it to effect social change. When you conveniently share an affordable ride using the Jekalo app on your smartphone and GPS to get where you need to be when you need to be there, its a huge win for tech and for you.
Not only is ride-sharing using technology a smart use of resources, it is the future of transportation in Nigeria.