If Uber/Lyft Had This Option For Riders, I’d Be 100% On Board

by SharonKurheg

My name is Sharon and I have a confession to make. I’m not a huge fan of ride-sharing.

Actually, that’s not 100% true. I don’t mind ride-sharing if I’m with my husband Joe (or any friends or family member). But as a female, and a pint-sized one at that, being alone in a car with a male stranger as the driver gives me the willies.

Of course, I know that the chances of him somehow hurting me is relatively minimal. But the headlines do pop up more often than I find comfortable:

And before any suggests that taxi drivers are just as guilty of such crimes….I’m well aware and don’t take taxis by myself either.

According to Top Class Actions, you can’t specifically request a female Uber driver. Women can only refuse a ride by an Uber driver they don’t feel comfortable with. The same goes for Lyft. Meanwhile, in South Africa, Mexico and Australia, female and non-binary Uber drivers have the option to select a preference to only pick up female passengers (but not the other way around – female passengers in those countries still can’t request female drivers).

So what’s a girl to do?

Well, remember when we wrote about niche alternatives for Airbnb for people who might not feel 100% comfortable in a typical home-sharing situation (read: seniors, travelers of color, LGBTQ+ travelers, travelers who keep kosher, Muslim travelers, etc.)? The same thing goes for rideshares.

As it turns out there are a few (very few) ride-sharing companies out there that only employ female drivers and only accept female riders.

  • HERide established itself in 2019. They can be found in the Atlanta area.
  • Trips 4 Women was also established in 2019. They’re available in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Atlanta, California, Washington DC and Detroit.

There are a few others that aren’t (or weren’t) accessible in the U.S. at this time:

  • The website for Safr says they’ve temporarily stopped rides and deliveries due to COVID. Their Facebook was last updated in the summer of 2021. But when they were active, they were apparently available in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Orlando, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. (“I wish I had known about them before COVID,” said this Orlando resident).
  • DriveHer was (notice the past tense. Another “we’re shut down right now because of COVID”) based in Canada.
  • SheSafe and Shebah are both based in Australia.
  • There are still others, such as SheTaxis and See Jane Go that went out of business years ago.

So yeah – ride sharing options with womens’ safety in mind are out there, but they’re few and far between. Definitely not an easy thing to find. If the likes of Uber or Lyft could make it an option, I’d be on board, literally and figuratively,  in a hot second.

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J Alino May 12, 2022 - 9:02 pm

great, so predators can select female drivers and put in destinations far away from safety. if you’re that scared then carry mace or talk on your phone or don’t go out. well thought out unless you’re implying female drivers should be allowed to only select female passengers? so then if I’m a white driver is it ok for me to only select white passengers since there is a statistically higher chance or being a victim of a crime otherwise?

mreed911 May 13, 2022 - 11:32 am

So you want to discriminate based on gender? Got it.

SharonKurheg May 13, 2022 - 11:42 am

Nope. I want to keep women safe.

Marina Teramond May 23, 2022 - 6:27 am

Honestly, I absolutely understand your attitude to taxi and your cautiousness because it is completely justified. I can say I share your feelings and I think that it is really important to cover such topics because, unfortunately, women really often become victims of sexual assault in taxi. Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more difficult to trust men because such situations are so widespread. From my point of view, it is not normal that in the modern world you can’t specifically request a female Uber driver because there are no explanations for this. But I am so glad that HERide and Trips 4 Women provide such an opportunity because it causes a huge respect and I think that such a tendency needs to become more popular. I think that such companies as Uber and Lyft should take an example from the aforementioned ones and move in this direction because I think that it will strengthen the trust in them.


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