10 Nov Ryde Launches RydeSchool, A Carpooling Feature Geared at Students
Platform Allows Parents to Schedule Safe and Reliable Rides to and from School
Singapore, 10 November 2017 – For the first time in Singapore, parents can use a mobile app to find other parents heading to the same school and arrange carpool rides for their children. Ryde, a local carpooling and mobility platform, has launched RydeSchool, a new and easy-to-use feature that connects parents who have children attending the same school.
RydeSchool is designed for parents who need help with pick-up and drop-off for their children. The app feature allows parents to organise carpool arrangements with other parents whose children attend the same school. This helps parents who request rides save time while drivers who share rides can recover petrol costs. All school-going children will benefit from RydeSchool.
“Transport arrangement to school is something that parents have to deal with on a regular basis. Close to 400,000 students from primary and secondary schools have to get to school everyday, and we hope to build a trusted parent community through our platform to make travelling easier and better for their children.” said Mr Terence Zou, founder and CEO of Ryde.
He added, “School-related traffic during morning rush hour and afternoon dismissal times with parents trying to drop off or fetch their children has a significant impact on congestion on the roads. By carpooling, traffic jams during peak hours can be reduced, which will lead to smoother driving experience and shorter commute time.”
Benefits of using RydeSchool
Safety is the top priority: Ensuring that every child gets to school safely is the number one concern. The platform focuses on building a network where parents are able to see other parents who are sending their own children to the same school. Parents can be assured that it is a dependable network to provide rides for their children.
More sleep time for children: For parents whose children take school buses or public transport, RydeSchool provides a point-to-point transportation without too much detour. In comparison to school buses that make several stops to pick up students, resulting in pickups as early as 5.45am, parents can request for a later pickup time for their child via RydeSchool. This helps their children to get more sleep so they are more energised to focus throughout the day.
Convenience and cost savings for parents: For parents who frequently drive their children to school, letting them carpool with other parents can provide cost and time savings. For example, parents may get an extra hour in their schedule each school day.
Ease of scheduling and payment: Ride fares are calculated based on distance and time and reflected upon request of a ride. With RydePay, Ryde’s e-payment platform, parents do not have to worry about the administrative issues of payment – making it convenient and easy to schedule rides. Parents can schedule rides up to 7 days in advance.
Enhanced social experience: RydeSchool is a great way for parents and students to get to know others on the same commute route. It is an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents not in their immediate social circle. This creates a community and a support network where parents can look out for each other and take turns to send each other’s children to school.
There are currently more than 40,000 car owners registered with Ryde.
For more information on RydeSchool, the public may visit www.rydesharing.com/rydeschool. The Ryde app is available on both App Store and Google Play.