Update on Lyft Ride Smart Program

November 23, 2021

To: All Students
From: Eric Heath, Associate Vice President for Safety & Security, and Michele Rasmussen, Dean of Students in the University
Subject: Update on Lyft Ride Smart Program
Date: November 23, 2021

In light of recent input from students and continued concerns regarding safety, UChicago’s Lyft Ride Smart program will remain available 7 days a week through the end of the calendar year. In addition, the program’s hours will be expanded to 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting today, Tuesday, November 23, through December 31, 2021.  We are currently assessing long-term options for the program and will communicate any further changes at the start of Winter Quarter.

Through the Lyft Ride Smart program, students can take up to 10 free standard Lyft rides per month (up to $15 off per ride) from 5 p.m.- 4 a.m. Rides must begin and end within the UGo NightRide Shuttle Service area. This program is intended to provide students with alternative transportation options during evening and late-night hours. It is available to all currently enrolled UChicago students. Instructions for signing up are on the Department of Safety & Security website.

Students with questions about Lyft Ride Smart at UChicago, or any of the University’s transportation programs, can email bus@uchicago.edu. For helpful safety tips on using ride share services, please visit the University’s webpage on Safe Transportation.

Additionally, students with questions about University safety and help resources are encouraged to contact the Dean-on-Call. The Dean-on-Call can be reached directly by text via the UChicago Safe Mobile Safety App. You can also request that the Dean-on-Call be paged by calling UCPD at 773-702-8181. Please be prepared to leave a 10-digit callback number. The Dean-on-Call is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We would like to thank Undergraduate Student Government and the other students who contacted us with suggestions that led to this adjustment to our Lyft Ride Smart program.