EZ Ride Offers Free Rides for all Asbury Park Residents during Pandemic
During this challenging time, EZ Ride, in conjunction with The Alliance for a Healthier Asbury Park, uses their NJHI grant money to assist all Asbury Park residents in getting to doctor’s appointments and going food shopping.
The Ryde4Life program launched by EZ Ride uses the transportation services offered by Lyft and Uber and was designed to serve older adults to address their transportation challenges. It is now available to all Asbury Park residents aged 18 and over to get to their doctor’s appointments or to go food shopping within a 15-mile radius of the town.
The rides are available Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm based on the availability of Lyft and Uber vehicles. Riders must request them at least 24 hours in advance and needs a working cell phone with them during the trip. At the time and day of their appointment, the resident will call again to activate their ride.
Doug Schultz, the Director of Social Services in Asbury Park, had several clients who needed to get to a specific clinic just outside the mile limit and reached out to EZ Ride to see if they could help. Because the need for so many is so great at this time, EZ Ride worked with him and will continue to do so going forward.
“I would like to thank EZ-Ride for their willingness to accommodate our residents with transportation to medical facilities beyond the 15-mile limit to include two Substance Abuse treatment facilities. We are grateful and hope that we will be able to make use of this service during these challenging times, said Doug Schultz.”
EZ Ride hopes to provide trips to as many Asbury Park residents as possible, helping to keep them safe and healthy during these difficult and uncertain times. The expanded program was launched on May 4, and we are pleased that more than a dozen riders have already started using it.
For more information, please see the flyer 20_0430_R4L Free Ride Program Flyer