There seems to be an increasing number of students dissatisfied with the Ride’s service. The Facebook event “The Ride: Something Needs to Change,” in which Kara Ingraham addresses many common problems with the Ride, has been receiving a lot of attention in the past couple of days. She raised many good points on why we need to place greater emphasis on a better system:
This problem goes beyond an “I don’t want to walk” issue. It’s about our safety on this campus at night. This campus is not insulated, anyone can enter. Last Spring a car full of men began following me after I decided to walk when a Ride drove straight pass me while I waved them down. A student was just assaulted Friday night while on High Street. Women, in particular, are vulnerable when walking home alone. This is unacceptable. These incidents are sporadic but violent. What else has to happen before the school addresses the inefficiency and rudeness of the Ride at times? Even more, some of the designated stops on their loops are exposed, unprotected areas that are almost as dangerous as simply walking to your destination around campus.
Many of these issues are all too familiar, and I hope they are examined by the administration. If you would like to help make the system better or have a story to share, join the discussion on Facebook or e-mail Kara at kingraham(at)wes. She is putting together “a committee that will go to the WSA and President Roth with a list of suggestions for improvement for the Ride Campus Shuttle and the general safety issues on this campus.”