Win or lose on Sunday, Philadelphia and its suburbs are going to tear itself apart from the inside out. That’s just the nature of Eagles fans. So with that in mind, cities that are heavily populated with Philly fans are doing whatever they can do reduce the chaos.
Take Staten Island, for example, who are offering free rides from Uber this Sunday through the SI Safe Ride Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between Borough Hall President James Oddo, Uber, District Attorney Michael McMahon, the NYPD and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
On Super Bowl Sunda, from 3 PM to midnight, Staten Islanders will be able to
get one free ride from Uber by using the promo code “SAFERIDESI.” The offer will cover up to $15 for rides that start and end in Staten Island. According to reports, there are approximately 500 available codes.
via SI Live:
Nearly 3,000 Staten Islanders participated in the partnership’s first campaign, which offered free rides the day before Thanksgiving.
“The businesses that are located in those towns called back and said they got tremendous feedback,” said Anthony Rapacciuolo, executive director of the South Shore Business Improvement District. “People would — not that we promote them drinking more – but let’s say spend more money because they knew that they would be safe.”
Oddo and McMahon were involved with a similar initiative back in 2003 called “Operation Arrive Alive.” That program didn’t have any underwriting, instead relying on working with bars so that bartenders would call cabs for customers who requested one.