SafeRide Provides 150,000th Ride, Donates Scholarship
January 30, 2009 — Alice Mielcarek has never met University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan, but she will happily use the $1,000 scholarship he provided to her for being the 150,000th rider on the ASUW SafeRide transportation program.
Mielcarek, who arrived at UW this semester as an exchange student from France, achieved the milestone Friday, Jan. 23. She had placed a call from the Wyoming Union shortly after 10:30 p.m., and she and a friend awaited for the van to arrive.
"Little did Mielcarek know that when she stepped into the vehicle, she would be greeted by ASUW President Kelsey Day and presented with a $1,000 scholarship from UW President Tom Buchanan in honor of being the 150,000th rider," says Michael Pule, ASUW transportation coordinator.
By the end of the weekend, the number of SafeRide passengers totaled 150,570 since the program's inception.
ASUW in fall, 2000, started the SafeRide program as a means to prevent drinking and driving by university students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The program now offers route-based service from 7 to 10 p.m. on those nights to transport students to popular destinations such as grocery stores and the downtown district. Additionally, SafeRide provides an on-call service from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., when students can receive rides to and from any location in Laramie.
"To my knowledge, the 150,000 mark is the highest total amount of rides for any SafeRide-style program in the nation," says Pule.
More information on the program can be found at www.uwyo.edu/saferide.
Exchange student Alice Mielcarek was recognized as the 150,000th SafeRide passenger.
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009