The Hitching Post

FAQ

General

  • Is there an app?

    The Hitching Post was designed intentionally to be used without an app. Originating in the hills of Vermont where cell service is spotty at best, we needed a solution that relies on the convenience, efficiency and communal spirit of our small towns and villages.

    That said, there could be an app someday that could enhance, but not be required for utilizing, The Hitching Post.

  • Is it safe?

    We think it's important to make a distinction between hitchhiking and The Hitching Post. Both hitchhiking and The Hitching Post are creative tools for people to make spontaneous connections to share rides places. Where they differ is in where and how they originate.

    Hitchhiking can originate anywhere, anytime, typically with people helping one another anonymously and remaining anonymous. For all the generosity, there is nonetheless no obligation to care for each other's welfare.

    On the other hand, The Hitching Post is a community building tool that originates and is held in the heart of the community. Participants, oftentimes knowing one another, make or reinforce lasting connections that we all benefit from. For we, as well as the communities and environments we inhabit, are healthier, stronger, and safer when we make these vital connections.

    Indeed, The Hitching Post gets us places, but it also gets us there together

  • Riders

  • How long does it take to get a ride?

    Our records and experience indicate that riders are typically waiting less than 10 minutes on average!

  • Is it OK to turn someone down?

    Absolutely. Perhaps the most effective safety mechanism for riders and drivers alike is to trust their gut. While utilizing The Hitching Post is far safer than many activities we take part in everyday without blinking an eye, we nevertheless encourage all participants to exercise discretion when choosing passengers/drivers.

  • Are there better times than others to get a ride?

    By far, the best times to ride The Hitching Post are during the normal commuting and return hours (7-9 am and 4-6 pm) on weekdays and mid-morning (10 am - 12 pm) on weekends.

  • I'm worried I won't get a ride. Can I schedule one?

    Definitely! The Hitching Post Vermont Facebook group is a dedicated forum for people to connect with one another. Anyone can share feedback, request rides at certain times and places, or hear about upcoming events.

  • Drivers

  • Is it OK to turn someone down?

    Absolutely. Perhaps the most effective safety mechanism for riders and drivers alike is to trust their gut. While utilizing The Hitching Post is far safer than many activities we take part in everyday without blinking an eye, we nevertheless encourage all participants to exercise discretion when choosing passengers/drivers.

  • I look for riders every day at The Hitching Post, but I haven't seen any. Where are they?

    That's great, but keep looking! The Hitching Post Vermont launched in July, 2019 and many people are just learning about this new mode of transportation. Eventually we will all know about The Hitching Post and use it to share rides with our community members.

    Until then, a good way to connect with riders is to share your commuting schedule with riders on The Hitching Post Vermont Facebook group.

  • Towns and establishments

  • How do I get a Hitching Post in my neighborhood?

    That's great! We are working to spread The Hitching Post Vermont Network across the state and are adding new communities all the time. This process starts with identifying a location for the new Hitching Post, connecting with local government and stakeholders, acquiring funding, then assembling, installing and launching it in your community.

    If you'd like to start this process with us or simply share your vision for a Hitching Post in your neighborhood, please reach out to us through one of the following methods: