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This New App Wants to Make Ride-Sharing Safer for Women - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Oct 09,2018
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This new app bills itself as the safest ride-sharing option. Photograph via Shutterstock.

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BY MIMI MONTGOMERY

WASHINGTON, DC. - Starting this month, commuters in DC will have another option for ridesharing, one that bills itself as a safer alternative to current choices such as Uber and Lyft.

Safr, an app geared toward women, plans to launch in the DMV on October 15. Emphasis on the “geared” portion of that description—men are able to both use and drive for the service, but it’s made for women who may otherwise feel unsafe ordering a car.

Last year, a woman was sexually assaulted by her Uber driver after hailing a ride to her home in Woodbridge; another woman was sexually assaulted near the American University campus when she mistakenly climbed into the vehicle of a man impersonating her Uber driver. This year, a woman fell asleep in the back of her Uber near Capitol Hill, only to wake up to the driver fondling her and attempting to remove her clothing.

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