A Heyride Holiday Update
It’s been one heck of a month for Heyride. Our service has been growing like crazy, riders have been getting the rides they need and drivers have been rolling day and night to make those trips happen. Through it all, our team has been working hard, inspired by your passion for this idea, and planning some incredible things for 2013.
So, before we go off to spend time with our loved ones this holiday season, I wanted to reach out with an update on what’s going on with us.
A cornucopia of Thanksgiving press drove a huge rush of people to the service, as well as garnering some attention from the Austin Transportation Department who sent Heyride a “cease-and-desist” letter right after we launched in late October. Yet, if it wasn’t obvious before from the countless conversations we’d had with friends, family and colleagues, the groundswell of attention and support we’ve received for this simple concept has proven that we’re on the right track. Safe, convenient transportation continues to be an unmet need that people in this city, and many others like it, share. Our goal as a company—to empower communities to solve these problems together—has become that much more clear.
We understand that Heyride is a brand new notion that doesn’t fit into the mold of old regulations that are struggling to catch up with new innovation. And we’re aware that a few people used to the well-worn ways of the past are scratching their heads over what to do with us. Still, we’re excited to show how Heyride is a win-win for everyone and we’re down to work together with powers that be and the people they serve to improve this important area of our lives.
To that end, we’ve set up a meeting on January 8th with Robert Spillar, the Director of Austin’s Transportation Department. We’re excited to have a forward-thinking discussion about what sets peer-to-peer ridesharing apart from traditional forms of transportation that are available—or not-so-available—here in this place we all call home. We want to talk about how Heyride’s 21st century twist on carpooling can help Austin improve problems with traffic, parking, safety and our environment. We want to talk about small changes that can make huge differences.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be adding more drivers to the service to accommodate ever-increasing demand, improving existing features and adding new ones to make your Heyride experience even better. Your patience as we perfect our service is much appreciated.
In the meantime, if you need a ride or you’d like to drive, fire up Heyride and see what everyone’s been talking about. We want to get you where you need to go.
On behalf of everyone on the Heyride team, thanks so much for all your support and happy holidays!