IU Safety Escort puts safety first, and that's why we need a few rules and guidelines. We want to be sure our student drivers are available to give free safe rides to people who need us urgently.
“Safety first” is our most important rule
Who can use Safety Escort?
Safety Escort is for everyone at IU. It's a misconception that only women can feel unsafe. If you're an IU student or employee and you don't feel safe walking home or to work, we're here for you.
Pickups are limited to two people
We'll pick up one person, or two people who are going to the same place. A group of three or more people is considered safe for walking.
Everyone gets 16 rides per semester
In order to better align our service with our mission to reach more people, we have decided to limit rides for each rider to 16 in a semester. If you have a campus job that requires you to work late, please email us to see about an exception.
Did we mention it's free?
We can't always provide the shortest distance from A to B, but our service is always free.
Sorry, we can't take you to a party or bar
We're a safety service—we'll pick you up from a party or a bar, but only if you're going home. We also can't take you to work unless you have proof of employment, like a staff ID.
Five guidelines to being a courteous rider
1. Request a ride when you're ready to be picked up
Safety Escort operates on a request-by-request basis. Please be ready before you request a ride.
2. Don't wait until the end of the night to request service
We have a big influx of requests at the end of the night, and we often have to stop taking requests as early as a half hour before our operating hours end. It's first come first served so submit early!
3. Have your phone on and nearby
We will call you to let you know when we're around two minutes away, but we also may need help to find your pick up location or let you know about any delays.
4. Be waiting outside when your navigator tells you to be
Your navigator will call you to let you know when they're two minutes away so that you have enough time to exit the building. It makes finding you easier and makes our drivers a lot more efficient.
5. If you don't need your ride, cancel it through TapRide right away
It slows our service down when we have to go out of our way to pick someone up only to have them no-show. That's time and space we could have used to give someone else a ride, so please cancel as soon as your plans change.
Getting people home safe. That's what we do.—Abigail, IU Student
Where we make dropoffs
Safety Escort operates within Bloomington city limits. Every rider can request up to 16 rides per semester. We'll take you home, or to work (please have proof of employment, such as a uniform, name tag, or work ID). We won't take you to parties or bars, but we will pick you up from them—whether you're sober or intoxicated—no questions asked. If you request a ride to a party or a bar, we may suspend your service—we're sorry, but keeping you safe is what we're all about.
Pickup location at the Wells Library
If you're requesting service from the Herman B Wells Library, we'll pick you up in the parking lot, which is on the south side of the library.
If you're not sure you're in the right place for a pickup, call us at 812-855-7233.