Free Uber rides from businesses in downtown Albany on New Years Eve

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – If you plan to collect your keys after a few drinks on Friday night, you have the option of not driving. For the second time this year, free Uber rides are back in downtown Albany.

“It’s a unique partnership and we want to make sure people benefit from it,” says Dominick Purnomo, owner of Yonos and dp An American Brewery in Albany, “we had a great success with Thanksgiving and it gave people a again the opportunity to celebrate, support small businesses and do it safely.

The program, presented by DeCrescente Distributing Company and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, offers a free Uber voucher worth up to $ 50 for a ride from a downtown business. “Bars and restaurants will have posters hanging up and there is a QR code that you scan from that poster and then you will have your credit for the Uber ride,” said Georgette Steffens, executive director of the Downtown Albany BID.

The downtown Albany vacation is a continuation of the Downtown Thanks You program, a safe driving program that took place during Thanksgiving week. “We had about 90 people who took advantage of this program, so we knew it was a success and we wanted to make sure we brought it back for the holidays,” Steffens said.

As New York state broke its single-day COVID case record for two consecutive days on Thursday, downtown businesses are hoping people will still come out to ring New Years, Purnomo said. “With the two shows at the Palace and Times Union Center canceled earlier in the week, many restaurants, including us, lost a lot of reservations. Some up to 50%. We have recovered some of this stuff and are delighted to have a full restaurant again this evening.

If you’re taking advantage of the free Uber ride tonight, here are some tips to stay safe:

1. Request your ride inside

Reduce the time you spend alone outdoors with your phone in your hand. Instead, wait inside until the app says your driver has arrived.

2. Check your route

Whenever you travel with Uber, make sure you’re getting into the right car with the right driver by matching the license plate, make and model of the car, and the driver’s photo with what’s provided in your vehicle. application. Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never get in a car whose vehicle or driver identity does not match what is displayed in your app.

3. Ask the driver to confirm your name

In addition to the Check Your Ride safety steps, you can also ask the driver to confirm your name before getting in the car. Your driver sees your first name in his application, and your driver’s first name is displayed to you in your application. To safely exchange names, you can ask, “Who are you here to pick up?” The driver may also ask you to confirm their name for their peace of mind.

4. Be a back seat runner

If possible, sit in the back seat, especially if you are riding alone. This helps ensure that you can safely exit either side of the vehicle to avoid traffic, and it gives you and your driver a personal space.

5. Always wear your seat belt

The use of seat belts is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries from car accidents, according to the Disease Control Centers.

6. Share your trip details with your loved ones

Along the way, touch Share trip status in the app to share your driver’s name, photo, license plate and location with a friend or family member. They will receive an SMS or push notification that will track your trip and ETA.

7. Protect your personal information

Our technology anonymizes your phone number when you call or message your driver through the app * and also hides your pick-up and drop-off addresses in a driver’s trip history. In some areas, the Driver app will only display the general area where a trip started and ended.

8. Follow your intuition

Trust your instincts and use common sense when requesting a ride with Uber. If you ever feel like you are in an urgent situation, you can call 911 using the emergency button located in your app. Whenever you call emergency services from the Uber app, the app provides you with your real-time location and trip details which you can share with the dispatcher.

And remember, if you don’t feel safe, you can stop the ride at any time.

9. Be kind and respectful

As stated in Uber Community Guidelines, please respect other passengers as well as your driver and his car.

10. Give your opinion on your trip

After each trip, you are asked in the app to rate your trip. Your feedback helps keep Uber safe and enjoyable for everyone. If you have a safety issue while traveling, please report it to Uber. Our 24/7 intervention team will ensure follow-up.

And don’t forget that with every trip, you can tap the shield icon in the app to access Uber’s security toolkit and get help whenever you need it.

David H. Henry