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Brooklyn, NY – October 15, 2008 – On the heels of its

fourth anniversary, RightRides the free, safe, late-night

ride home program for women, transfolk and genderqueer

individuals, has announced it will expand its service area

to 5 new neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan on

Saturday, October 25th, 2008. New neighborhoods include

Lefferts Gardens, Borough Park, Flatbush, Sunnyside, greater

Astoria, and Harlem (to 165th street). RightRides will also

begin conducting pickups in midtown.

Women and transfolk calling within in the service area will

now be able to call RightRides on Saturday nights for a free

ride to their house. As Oraia Reid, RightRides co-founder

and Executive Director explained, “We started RightRides in

direct response to increases in assaults on women walking

home. Our motto is, ‘Because Getting Home Safely Shouldn’t

Be A Luxury’. Many people who work late-night shifts in

the restaurant, hotel and service industry don’t often have

the luxury of affording a safe ride home, and RightRides

works to address that.”

RightRides for Women’s Safety is a non-profit organization

focused on building safer communities by ending sexual

assault and gender-based violence. It was founded in 2004

by Oraia Reid and her partner Consuelo Ruybal, responding to

increased assaults on women in North Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Initially using their own car to operate RightRides, the

program now receives donated cars from Zipcar for volunteers

to drive. To date, RightRides has driven over 1,500

individuals home and the organization is making plans for

national expansion. RightRides is available Saturday nights

between 11:59 PM and 3:00 AM Sunday morning. To call for a

ride: 1-888-215-SAFE(7233). For a map of the 40

neighborhoods RightRides operates in, please visit:

www.RightRides.org

RightRides is currently seeking volunteer Drivers and

Navigators to help facilitate a smooth expansion. To get

involved as a member of a RightRides driving team or to help

put up posters and flyers, please send an e-mail to Erin

Armstrong, RightRides Program Manager Volunteer@RightRides.org.

For more information, contact Oraia Reid, Executive Director

and co-founder, at (718) 522-0822 or Oraia@RightRides.org