In 2017-18, UOPD assumed professional management of the UO's long-standing ride programs (now known as Duck Rides) that help students get home safely.
Since UOPD took over management of the ride programs, we have given over 125,000 rides from 2017-2021
Duck Rides is one of the only student-lead ride programs in the nation that is still operating during COVID-19. By following rigorous safety protocols, set forth by the university, in compliance with CDC recommendations, we have been able to continue providing rides to our UO students and community members while maintaining student employment.
Even with the return of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to the Eugene area in fall 2018, Duck Rides is a staple of the campus community. Students without the means to pay for a per-ride service like taxis or ride-hailing, or who need more tailored service than the bus, count on the ride programs as a trusted, secure option operated by Ducks, for Ducks.
UOPD continuously assesses program utilization and efficiency, looking for the best ways to maximize vehicle deployment and driver and navigator time. The programs employ over 50 UO students, operating seven days per week during the academic terms.
Duck Rides is free to students. The program continues to be staffed and guided by UO students, but operated to expand service and utilization, and increase efficiency and reliability.
Support Duck Rides during Ducks Give, and help ensure UO students remain safe.