Atlanta Rideshare Driver Creates Women-Only Option For Safer Rides
A woman in Atlanta who used to drive for Uber and Lyft decided to start her own rideshare app. Jillian Anderson saw a need for safer ride options for women after it was reported that 6,000 women were assaulted in Ubers between 2017 and 2018.
According to WSBTV, Anderson’s new app is called Her-Ride. She decided to start this to give women an alternative option. Having a computer science background made this easy for her to create. She said, “I just did some research. When I found out Lyft started with two guys, I decided to go all in and start my own ride-share company that catered just to women.”
She created Her-Ride to create safer ride spaces for women, since, in 2019, Uber admitted to having an issue with their male drivers harming women. When she used to drive for Uber and Lyft, she found women were oftentimes waiting for a female driver anyway. All the drivers on Anderson’s app are women but will pick up men if they feel comfortable.
Anderson told WSBTV that “I put my drivers first. They’re the bread and butter of the company so if they don’t feel comfortable, they don’t get penalized for it.”
Currently, you can only schedule a ride until they get more drivers. So far, the app has been downloaded over 25,000 times and 12,000 people have signed up to use Her-Ride.
She says they currently have around 60 drivers, but the goal for just Atlanta is 1,000. I really hope Anderson’s app takes off just as Uber has, to become a safe rideshare app for all women in the U.S. to use.
Would you prefer to use this instead of Uber or Lyft?