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RideScout app helps users find a ride

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 20, 2014

Need to get from Point A to Point B but would rather not drive your car?

A free mobile app from Austin-based RideScout shows you your options.

RideScout officials announced this week that they were adding Austin B-cycle to their technology platform, which already includes information about CapMetro, car2go, Electric Cab and pedicab. The app also shows walking, bicycling, driving and real-time parking options.

Austin B-cycle launched in December and plans to have 41 stations up and running by mid-March. (I just spotted a new station outside the Long Center. I’m hoping people will bike to the opera!)

The main takeaway I get from all this? You don’t have to use a personal car for all your trips. And that’s a philosophy I can get behind for multiple reasons - it saves gas and money, it gets cars off the road, and biking and walking are fun ways to get more exercise.

The RideScout app works on iPhone and Android devices, aggregating public and private ground transportation options so you can compare them on demand. Go to ridescoutapp.com for more information.