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The Kind Ride Share is committed to creating tools which help promote alternative travel, reduce costs, increase safety, and last but not least provide alternatives to hitchhiking that work.

To further facilitate the development of this site and the traveler's safety manual everyone who has ever hitchhiked, and those who have picked up hitchhikers, are asked to please complete the following survey.  There are a total of 37 questions on the survey.  All are designed to get a more clear idea of the people who hitchhike and those who give rides to people thumbing the highways.  Some questions ask about your experiences, favorite hitchhiking locations, and areas for hitchhikers to avoid.

 Anyone with travel experience may complete this survey.

You do not have to be a member to participate.

About You
1. Year of birth:
2. Nationality:
3. Where you live:
4. Your gender: male female
5. High school grad? yes no
College graduate? yes no
Fields(s) of study:
6. Job/profession:
Your Hitch-hiking
7. Year when you first hitch-hiked:
8. Year(s) when you hitch-hiked most:
Were you employed then?   yes   no   partly
9. How many times have you hitched more than a 50 miles?
1-10 10-25 25-50 50-100 100-500 500+
 
10. Where have you done most of your hitchhiking?
How would you rate local attitudes towards hitchhiking there?
excellent good fair poor bad  
11. You ordinarily hitch-hike:
locally
nationally
internationally
globally
alone
with a male friend
with a female friend
with 2 or more others
12. You hitch-hike:
with backpack?
yes
no
sometimes
with pets?
yes
no
sometimes
13. Based on your experience, how long is,
your average wait?
less than 15 minutes
15 to 30 minutes
30 minutes to 1 hour
1 to 2 hours
over 2 hours
your average ride?
less than 15 minutes
15 to 30 minutes
30 minutes to 1 hour
1 to 2 hours
over 2 hours
14. Your longest hitch-hike in one trip was:
100 miles or less
100-500 miles
500-1,000 miles
1,000-2,000 miles
over 2,000 miles
1 day
2-5 days
5-10 days
1 month
longer
15.
Longest Wait(s) Where (City, State) When (Month, Year)
hrs/days
hrs/days
hrs/days
hrs/days
16. Do you,
use a sign?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never
ask drivers personally?  
always
often
sometimes
17. Do you contact rides using:
ride-share services?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never
a CB radio?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never
18. Hitch-hiking at night
you think:
cool, I love it
don't care
OK under lights
if I must, prefer not to
I hate it
you do it:
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never
19. Do you ever,
share expenses?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never
share driving?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never
20. How often do you ride over five hours,     
in cars?
often
sometimes
seldom
never
in trucks?
often
sometimes
seldom
never
21. Do you ever turn down rides?
often seldom sometimes never
Briefly explain why?  Limit characters.
22. Do you think attitudes towards hitch-hiking are? 
getting better getting worse no change
Drivers
23. What percentage of the drivers do you, 
feel uneasy with?
less than 10%
10-25%
25-50%
50-75%
75-90%
more than 90%
feel very comfortable with? 
less than 10%
10-25%
25-50%
50-75%
75-90%
more than 90%
24. How many people are usually in the vehicle that picks you up?
one   two   three      four+
25. Have the drivers ever hitch-hiked themselves?
always   often   sometimes   seldom   never  
26. Do the people who pick you up,
share food?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never  
invite you home?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never 
27. How often do truck drivers:
stop for you, if moving?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never  
give you a ride, if already
stopped and you ask?
always
often
sometimes
seldom
never 
Other Vehicles
28. Have you ever hitch-hiked on,
a boat/ship?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
an airplane?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
a motorcycle?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
29. Have you ever hopped freight trains?
often   sometimes   seldom   once   never
Any good rail yards/bad rail yards? Limit characters.
Trouble
30. Have you ever lost something because, 
you left it in the car?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
you were robbed?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
31. Physically, have you ever been
threatened?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
assaulted?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
32. Sexually, have you ever been  
invited?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
molested?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
assaulted?
often
sometimes
seldom
once
never
33. Have you ever been

Limit characters.

(by the police):
asked to move?
warned?
fined?
searched?
arrested?
jailed?
When, where, why, did this happen?
Comments
34. Why do you hitch? Limit characters.
35. What is your worst problem when you hitch? How do you avoid it? Limit characters.
36. List a couple of routes that you feel are truly impossible to hitch, and a few that you have found easy or enjoyable.  List one location per line.

Good routes:

Bad routes:

37. Any Further Comments:  Limit characters.

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