PLEASE NOTE: RightRides DC is committed to serving the entire city. All rides are completely free. Rides that originate or end in Ward 7 or Ward 8 are included in their all eight wards service area. Spread the word and help others get home safely. For more information about RightRides DC or Collective Action for Safe Spaces, go to their website.
RightRides DC is back on Independence Day - so get your free, safe ride home this July 4th! RightRides DC serves women, LGBTQ, and gender nonconforming folks in all eight wards of DC and is in the last service date of its pilot phase!
Put this number in your phone now: 202-556-4232! After the fireworks have faded, call or text between the hours of midnight and 3:30am on the Fourth of July (technically the morning of July 5th!) and RightRides DC will bring you home - safely, for free!
So what is RightRides DC? Well, it's a service from Collective Action for Safe Spaces, a group working to build a world free from public sexual harassment and assault. People who don’t regularly experience sexual harassment in public have the freedom to choose where to go and how to get there based on convenience and cost. But for women and LGBTQ folks — populations that are at a higher risk of sexual harassment and assault — these considerations are often in conflict with a need to stay safe. This “safety gap” can end up unfairly costing women and LGBTQ individuals when it comes to time, opportunities and cold hard cash — not to mention that their best efforts to stay safe can still sometimes fail. We also know that safe, convenient, affordable transportation options late at night are hard to come by.
Our answer: RightRides DC. This service, still in its pilot phase, helps close the safety gap by providing free and safe rides home to women and LGBTQ-identifying individuals late at night. These rides, which are made possible by a partnership with Zipcar, are operated by driver/navigator teams consisting of trained, screened volunteers.
RightRides DC, modeled after an award-winning New York City program, celebrated its soft launch on Halloween. Since the first service date, RightRides DC has expanded and now operates in all eight wards of DC, until 3:30am on service dates!
Your support will help Right Rides DC sustain and expand the service! Here’s how you can help:
- VOLUNTEER: RightRides DC is still looking for volunteer drivers, navigators, and dispatchers. Volunteers must be available during service hours (late at night, likely on holidays) and must commit to at least two shifts per year. We’re also looking for people to help spread the word about the service on our outreach team! Apply by filling out a short volunteer application.
- DONATE: Every donation helps more people can get home safely. Every donation also helps us reach our goal of operating every Saturday. You have the power to make this happen! Donate now.
- RIDE: RightRides DC will take you home — not to another party or a bar — within our service hours. Your starting and ending destination must also be within our service area. Save our number in your phone now: 202-556-4232!