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Ride service for kids rolls into Denver area

Mom-created HopSkipDrive brings transportation solution for busy families


Busy Denver parents now have someone they can call to get their kids where they need to go.

HopSkipDrive, founded three years ago by three working moms, operates in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay area. Colorado is its first market outside of California.

“I was raised in Denver and witnessed first-hand the challenges my family and others faced in trying to get their kids everywhere they needed to be,” Joanna McFarland, co-founder and CEO, said in a news release. “Denver has changed since I grew up here, and with the incredible innovations around school choice, many Denver families face daily challenges getting kids to and from their schools and after-school activities.”

Other ridesharing services are not allowed to transport passengers younger than 18 by themselves, McFarland said, so the moms built the company with their children in mind. Every ride offers real-time monitoring and the company employs experienced caregivers (aka CareDrivers).

“As mothers we understand that today’s busy families need a dependable ride service to help them get kids where they need to be, with safety embedded into every aspect of the service,” she said. “CareDrivers don’t just rush off to their next pickup, they follow customized instructions and adhere to the strictest safety standards in addition to good caregiver sense.”

Once a ride is matched to a CareDriver, parents receive a picture and bio to share with their rider. In addition to live monitoring during the ride, parents also receive notifications at pickup and dropoff, a personalized secret code word for their rider, and a dedicated customer service team committed to getting kids to their destinations safely and on time. HopSkipDrive also partners with hundreds of schools to create customized transportation solutions.

HopSkipDrive is now available for families whose rides originate in the following communities: Belcaro, Bonnie Brae, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek, Congress Park, Country Club, Curtis Park, Five Points, Golden Triangle, Harvey Park, Highlands, Hilltop, Krisana Park, LoDo, Lowry, Montclair, Park Hill, Platte Park, Regis, RiNo, Sloan’s Lake, Stapleton, Sunnyside, University Park, Uptown, Washington Park and Whittier.

Plans are in the works to expand throughout the Front Range, Boulder and Colorado Springs within months.

The service is available for kids ages 6 and older. Scheduling can be done through the HopSkipDrive app or online at www.hopskipdrive.com. Rides start at $15, and carpool rides can be as low as $6 with multiple families in the car. A fare estimator is accessible on the website.


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