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UCO Student Association | Safe Rides Partnership

August 25, 2016 / Oklahoma City

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We partnered with the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association to help students ride with ease during late nights in Edmond. Students can request free rides up to $20 from 9PM – 3AM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for trips within Edmond and the surrounding areas.

“I have seen friends make poor decisions that perhaps could have been prevented if there were a safe ride option like this. We’re excited to partner with an innovative company like Uber to make the program a reality for Central,”

–  Austin Sheehy (2015 – 2016 President, UCO Student Association)

The zone extends from Covell Road to the north, Interstate 40 to the south, Interstate 44 to the west and Interstate 35 to the east. Trips that exceed $20 or take place outside the UCO safe ride zone will be charged to the card attached to the student’s Uber account. While this is the first university partnership of its kind in Oklahoma, Uber has partnered with universities throughout the country, including Duke University, the University of Florida and the University of Southern California.

“Our goal is to make it easy for students to request a ride when they need it most. Whether their plans involve a big night out or they just need a late night ride home from the library, a safe ride is now available at the tap of a button.”

– David Brightman (General Manager, Uber)

UCOSA voted to designate funding for the program last spring. The program will run through the fall semester as a pilot. UCOSA will then evaluate the use of the program and determine adjustments to the budget and details of the program for the spring 2017 semester.