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Goodbye, Student Safety! Hello, Lyft?

According to a statement released by the university earlier today, those shiny silver cars that freak you out at night because they almost look like cop cars will no longer be the safe rides home you used to rely on. (That is, if you ever actually booked them early enough to land one.)

Instead, the university paired up with Undergraduate Student Government to create Lyft Ride Smart, a program that discounts student rides with Lyft by $5. There are stipulations: the rides can only be from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., close enough to campus as outlined by this campus map, and must be requested before the 10,000 ride monthly cap has expired. After those requirements, Lyft prices return to normal.

This policy seems like a win for nighttime safety without completely condoning drinking until the early break of dawn for students since the parameters don’t stretch all the way into the city. A late night spent at 18th Avenue Library can now be stayed without fear of walking home alone in the dark or having little money available for a full-price ride.

All “campus” bars are within the reach of the program’s limits, though the parameters cut off on the south side at 5th Ave. and on the north side at Dodridge. (Although parts of the university that extend along Ackerman Rd. are also included the map.)

The point of the new program, according to the website, is to “provide ridesharing with reduced wait times and to serve a larger portion of our student population.”

As if there wasn’t enough reason to download the Lyft app before returning to campus, you can expect to see Lyft scooters around here upon move-in as well. (Unlocked and ready for use through the same app as Lyft rides.)

Happy riding, Buckeyes!

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Madi Task

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