“You Drink. We Drive.” Perhaps the most popular updates circulating through the waves of all student emails, the weekly SafeRide message to students often includes witty parodies of popular songs edited to rock the best of SafeRide experiences.
Those who frequent The Green Door are familiar with the sight of the large van at the end of the night, those which run from 10pm to 2am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, in addition to certain selected weekends of special events. The van is often a saving grace to many students waiting out in the cold for a ride.
The student-run organization, headed by Acting Manager Serra Erbas and supervised by Lisa Cote (Coordinator of Orientation Service Programs), also employs friendly student drivers to collect Door-goers and safely return them to their residence on campus.
The organization consists of five supervisors, Taylor Schafer, Brian Oakey, Becca Hammersla, Victoria Gottleib, and Cetin Sari. The drivers, who are available on-call during running nights, often make multiple runs to the Door per night.
“I love the Door, too,” said one SafeRide supervisor, Taylor Schafer, “so I want other students to be able to enjoy it safely. It’s awesome talking to students I’ve never met before in the van. Most students are really appreciative so it makes us feel like we are really being of service to others, which is SafeRide’s ultimate goal and reason for existing.”
According to the recently released statistics, SafeRide successfully transported over 1,500 riders this past fall semester, with about 22 riders per night. The busiest night of the week recorded in these stats is Wednesday, with Halloween as the busiest night of the semester. Running for 13 weeks and 54 nights, SafeRide assured safe trips back to campus for each of its many passengers.
With its friendly and relatable student workers and leadership, SafeRide provides a dependable and appealing method of transportation from the Door, and has become one of the most widely used on-campus services at St. Mary’s.
As their weekly emails often conclude, “Peace, love, and SafeRide”.