Between the hours of 3pm-12am on Sunday, February 4th, Staten Island residents can open up their Uber apps and enter the promo code “SAFERIDESI” to unlock one free ride (up to $15). The ride must start and end in Staten Island. Codes will work on a first come, first served basis as the number of free rides available through this promotion will be limited.
The Carl V. Bini Fund, the Forest Avenue BID, the South Shore BID, and the Richmond County Bar Association have generously signed on as main sponsors of this initiative.
The free rides are part of the “SI Safe Ride” initiative, which launched last year. Nearly 3,000 Staten Islanders participated in the initial promotion, which allowed users to get free rides on Thanksgiving Eve in an effort to combat drunk driving. “SI Safe Ride” was created through a partnership between Borough President James Oddo, the technology company Uber, District Attorney Mike McMahon, the NYPD, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
“After the huge success of our trial run on Thanksgiving Eve, I’m so pleased to be able to expand this program,” noted BP Oddo. “We don’t want a single person out on the road drinking and driving. I encourage Staten Islanders to leave their cars at home if they are planning on drinking while watching the big game this weekend. Thank you to our sponsors, DA McMahon, and Uber for helping football fans celebrate the big day safely.”
“For football fans across Staten Island, getting together for the big game means family, friends, food, and often times, drinking. As thousands of Staten Islanders showed this Thanksgiving Eve, leaving the car at home for a night out just makes sense, and I am proud to have partnered once again with BP Oddo and Uber to bring a safe transportation alternative to our borough this Sunday. Even though this year’s big game features two of New York’s hated rivals, we want you to enjoy the game while keeping yourself and others on the road safe from harm,” said District Attorney McMahon.
"All Staten Island residents should enjoy Sunday without worrying about how they will get home safely," said Josh Gold, Spokesperson, Uber NY. "We are proud to work with the Borough President and the District Attorney to continue our successful partnership and raise awareness about the risk of driving under the influence."
Initiative sponsors, the Forest Avenue BID and the South Shore BID, include the following nightlife establishments: Curly Wolf Saloon, Play, Joyce’s Tavern, Campania, Talk of The Town, Flanagan’s Tavern, Marmar Restaurant, Jody's Club Forest, Liberty Tavern, Ho Brah A Taco Joint, Cafe Milano, Kettle Black, Kings Arms Diner, 3 Guys Sushi, Panini Grill, Burrito Bar & Restaurant, Duffy's, Bruno's Li Greci's Staaten, Casa Franco.