Mississippi Designated Drivers Using Electric Bikes

September 1, 2009

A new on-call designated driver service in Oxford, Mississippi has folding electric bicycles to get its own drivers home.

Zach Gossett and Katie Sims own the University Designated Driver company. Gossett says they tested folding scooters used by similar companies elsewhere, but the scooters leaked oil and gas.

So they bought the bikes.

They take reservations or spot calls. A driver pedals to the car, puts the folded bike into the back seat, then drives car and owner to their destination.

Sims and Gossett hope this will reduce the number of cars left on the Square in Oxford, and the number of people who drive when they shouldn’t. They say that could include people who drive to the doctor and undergo a procedure that makes driving unsafe.

They charge $20 per trip, plus $2 per mile.


Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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