The RightRides program is not currently running. Please check back often for updates on our status.

RightRides offers women and LGBTQ individuals a free, late-night ride home to address the risk of assault.  RightRides is volunteer-run and operates on Friday and Saturday nights (from 11:59 PM to 3:00 AM) in ALL of shaded areas of the map. Pick-ups and drop-offs can begin, and end, in any of these areas:

Red areas - S. Bronx
Blue areas - Manhattan
Yellow areas - Midtown (Pick ups ONLY)
Orange areas - Queens
Purple areas - Brooklyn

We will pick up and drop off Riders only within the shaded areas shown on the map. Riders must be going home. Yes, we’ll pick up in one borough and drop off in another, as long as the entire trip is within the shaded area(s).

Click to view the RightRides Service Area in a larger map

Click for a complete list of all neighborhoods RightRides now serves on Friday and Saturday nights



RightRides organizes volunteers to operate a fleet of up to 6 cars that are donated by Zipcar. Driving Teams can only drive women and LGBTQ individuals home.

We started RightRides in 2004 in direct response to an increase in assaults on women walking home by themselves. Our motto is, “Because Getting Home Safely Shouldn’t Be A Luxury” and we recognize that many women and LGBTQ people do not have the extra funds to take a taxi and walking home from public transportation late at night can increase one’s risk of sexual harassment and gender-based assault.

Since 2004, RightRides has driven 5,000 Riders safely home. You do not need to feel threatened to call RightRides.


RightRides is currently available every Friday AND Saturday night from 11:59 PM - 3 AM late nights (aka early Saturday and Sunday mornings).

We will pick up and drop off Riders only within the shaded areas shown on the map. Riders must be going home. Yes, we’ll pick up in one borough and drop off in another, as long as the entire trip is within the shaded area(s).
 Click to view the RightRides Service Area in a larger map
At this time, we have limited volunteer resources and can not offer service outside these areas or on other nights.

The Dispatch number to call for a ride home is (888) 215-7233 (SAFE). Please note: we only turn on the phone on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:59 PM to 3 AM (either Saturday or Sunday morning). If you call during operational hours and you get the voicemail, please try calling back! We’re probably busier than usual or we have limited volunteer teams driving that night.

RightRides can expand to more at-risk neighborhoods and to other nights with increased volunteer interest and donations! Please help us make this service possible!


How does RightRides work?

When Riders call us

Driving team rules

Rider rules

Complete list of all neighborhoods RightRides now serves on Friday/Saturday nights

What about my neighborhood? What about more nights of service?


Key Alliance. We’ve teamed up with Zipcar to make RightRides possible. Zipcar has generously donated six vehicles for our volunteers to drive during RightRides operations. RightRides pays for our volunteer driver’s Zipcar membership and Zipcar waives the hourly rental fees for their cars. Learn more about Zipcar.

Caring and reliable. RightRides provides friendly volunteer Driving Teams made up of a Driver and a Navigator to see our Riders home safely and help advocate for their increased personal safety. Our service strives for a response time of 20 minutes or less to pick up riders. The RightRides program ONLY drives women and LGBTQ individuals home.

Safety- and service-minded. Because RightRides cares about Rider and Volunteer safety, all Driving Teams are pre-screened to meet our high safety standards. We are always looking for new ways to improve our service and enourage Rider involvement in our related safety educational programs. Driving teams help track the number of Riders per car, the neighborhoods visited, and generally note any service requests and feedback that Riders might have.

Sensitive to diverse communities. RightRides is now inclusive of the entire LGBTQ community, including transgender (male and female identified) and gender queer/gender nonconforming individuals. We understand that many in these communities experience frequent predatory assaults, hate crimes and random street violence just because they identify outside of societies two gender bias. We recognize that they do not have fair or just representation within traditional support systems such as law enforcement or by medical professionals, and we wish to lend our support towards ending discrimination, hate crimes and assaults based on gender stereotypes.

We are committed to providing a safe ride home for these individuals as they have limited resources available to them not only financially, but within greater society to make sure they can get home without threat of assault. RightRides strives to address the safety needs of these individuals with respect and dignity that all humans deserve.

It is our policy to ensure that one person of our volunteer Driving Teams will identify as female for the increased comfort of all our Riders.

Sensitive to your privacy. Rider’s privacy is important to us. We will not use Rider’s name or call back number for any purpose. Please see our privacy policy for more information.



We’ll exchange information. The dispatcher will give their name and ask for the Rider’s name, pick-up and drop-off locations and call back number.

We’ll encourage safe practices. We recommend that the Rider stay indoors or in a well-lit and safe area until we arrive. The Driving Team will call the Rider when they are outside.

We’ll keep you informed. The dispatcher will give an estimated time of arrival (we strive for 20 minutes or less response time, but this varies depending on how many volunteers we have on a given night, traffic, and call volume) and how to identify the Driving Team. All car teams have signs with the RightRides name clearly displayed. We ask that our Navigating volunteers call you if they expect it will be longer than 20 minutes to arrive.



Two-member driving teams are mandatory. One team member will identify as female.

Drivers must have a safe driving record. Volunteer Drivers have safe records with no major violations in the past 3 years and no DUI’s within 7 years.

Safety first. Teams always wait to see that the Rider has safely entered their building before driving away.

RightRides is an “on-call” service. We are not able to take calls or ride requests in advance and the dispatch phone is only turned on during operational hours. Likewise, we are only able to offer pick-ups and drop-offs within our service area. RightRides can expand to greater areas and nights with increased volunteers.



We will only take Riders directly home. We will pick up Riders from where ever they call: a bus stop/subway station, nightlife establishment, apartment, etc. We will not accept requests for transportation to a bar or party, only directly home.

We can transport up to 2-3 Riders at a time. Passenger space, seatbelts and safety are our main considerations.

Cancellation? Let us know as soon as possible. We receive a high-volume of calls for rides, so being a “no-show” causes huge delays for other Riders. Please call us back as soon as possible if you no longer need a ride.

We welcome your donation. But we do not accept cash in the car, not even tips. Please visit out donate page-every dollar helps make RightRides possible or sign our mailing list to join us at one of our many fundraising events during the year.



RightRides will pick up and drop off riders within these neighborhoods ONLY. We can expand to more areas with more volunteer driving teams!

Brooklyn: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Flatbush, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Greenpoint, Kensington, Lefferts-Gardens, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Williamsburg, Windsor Terrace

Bronx: Hunts Point, Mott Haven, Port Morris, The Hub

Uptown Manhattan: all of Harlem (areas from 96th Street and north on the Eastside and from CPN/110th Street on the Westside, up to 165th Street)

Midtown Manhattan: We only offer pick-ups in the areas from 23rd street to 60th street.

Downtown Manhattan: all neighborhoods located 23rd Street and south. This includes Battery Park, Chelsea, Chinatown, East Village, Lower East Side, MPD, NYU, West Village.

Queens: Astoria, Long Island City, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, Woodside



Q: Why isn’t RightRides providing service for and within my area? Why isn’t RightRides offered on other nights?

A: We’re working on bringing RightRides to more neighborhoods and more nights - and because we’re entirely volunteer-run, we’re dependent on increased volunteer interest (and donations!) to make expansion possible.

Can you help us expand? If you are in the NYC area - what we need most is volunteer driving teams and outreach help to secure more volunteer teams. Please contact us if you can help us expand to more NYC neighborhoods and nights by volunteering or putting up flyers and posters seeking volunteers.

If you live outside of NYC and you are interested in bringing RightRides to your area, please contact us to learn more about starting your own RightRides chapter!