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Jan. 24, 2008

Nite Ride resumes this week with expanded route

The University of Iowa's Nite Ride program, which offers women free, safe rides home Friday and Saturday nights, will resume service this week with an expanded route.

The new route now encompasses University Apartments on Hawkeye Drive and Hawkeye Court west of Finkbine Golf Course, Parklawn Residence Hall, and apartments on and around Newton Road and Melrose Avenue. A route map in PDF format may be viewed at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2008/january/images/012308nite-ride-map.pdf.

The service, which did not operate during the holiday break, will resume this weekend, operating 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 to 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 11 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Service will continue while the pilot project is evaluated.

Under the Nite Ride program, UI Police use a dark blue, 15-passenger UI van to transport women from a designated pickup point at the corner of Washington and Clinton streets in downtown Iowa City to their dorms or apartments within certain boundaries.

To arrange for transportation, women call 384-1111, the cell number for the van driver. The driver informs callers of his or her current location and the estimated time of arrival at the designated pickup point.

The van is driven by a fully uniformed, full-time UI Department of Public Safety guard from 11 p.m. Fridays to 3 a.m. Saturdays, and 11 p.m. Saturdays until 3 a.m. Sundays. The van is clearly marked with magnetic signs saying Nite Ride and bearing the UI Police patch and the phone number.

Co-sponsored by the UI Student Government, the service was launched last September in response to a number of assaults in the Iowa City area over the previous year.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: William S. Searls, UI Department of Public Safety, 319-335-5028; Stephen J. Pradarelli, University News Services, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu