While you are in Austin and attending SX besides Uber or Lyft why not try an Austin local ride sharing company that gives back to Austin non-profits? Ride|Austin just announced their new “Female Driver Mode” feature that is designed for female riders who feel more comfortable with a female driver. One may not understand why this feature is needed but I certainly do!
While at South By Southwest 2019 I had a male Uber driver verbally accost me and wouldn’t let me out of the car once stating I didn’t feel safe. The Uber app wasn’t working to end my ride since I was downtown near the convention center and service is always slow during SXSW. As an Austin local, I regret my decision to not book Ride|Austin instead.
Ride|Austin’s “Female Driver Mode” feature allows females, and those who identify as female, to request a female driver to pick them up and drive them to their destination.
“Safety is our top priority, for both riders and drivers. This feature is an option to allow female riders the choice when taking a ride, and additionally helps protect our female drivers who may prefer to pick up only female passengers” said our CEO, Andy Tryba.
Currently, Ride|Austin is the only local ride share with this feature and one of their company missions is to pay drivers fairly regardless of gender. Ride|Austin also has the Direct Connect feature which gives customers the option to round up their fare to local Austin charities. The difference will go to the Austin nonprofit of your choosing (make your selection in-app).
Ride Austin serves Austin and the entire greater Austin area. That area includes Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Barton Creek, Bee Cave, Buda, Cedar Park, Elgin, Georgetown, Hutto, Jollyville, Kyle, Lakeway, Lost Creek, Leander, Manchaca, Manor, McNeil, Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Marcos, Taylor, Webberville, Wellsbranch, and West Lake Hills. To ensure riders safety 100% of Ride|Austin drivers are also fingerprinted.
I am from Austin, live downtown Austin and rely heavily on ride sharing. After my scary situation with Uber, I will now use a safe ride sharing platform like Ride|Austin. For more information or to download the app while in Austin please visit: https://www.rideaustin.com/.