BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Two freshman students created a free ride-share service through an app to protect the privacy and safety of their female peers.
The founders of LSU Girls Rides are Alisha Ortolano and Caitlynn Bakewell.
They said they felt the need to bring this service to only female students because of the death of LSU student Madison Brooks.
Students register with their school credentials and join a group. From there, they can request a ride if needed.
“The amount of girls in the GroupMe shows how big of a need there was for this,” Ortolano said.
Bakewell mentioned the number of ladies joining the app is exceeding over 800 students. The founders said they have no limit for ladies joining the group. They want to help young ladies connect and have a safe place to reach out for assistance.
The freshman said they are taking drastic measures to focus specifically on the safety of students by designating Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 8 p.m. to all female students’ needs.
LSU sophomore Keoma Ensley said she does not always feel comfortable leaving campus alone unless it’s during the day.
“I feel like a ride-share app is perfect,” Ensley said. “Girls that do not have access to a vehicle such as me, we often have to catch rides with people and friends aren’t always available.”
The creators of the service said LSU Girls Rides is not just limited to LSU female students. Southern University students and parents are also welcome to join.