Three busy working moms with eight kids enrolled in activities at five different school have created a ride share company only serving children. HopSkipDrive is now 4 years old, operating in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area and Denver. They have completed over 450,000 passenger rides so far.
Safety is paramount for the children. The company has multi-faceted approach to safety, hiring experienced drivers with 5 years of caregiver experience, and requiring detailed fingerprint-based background checks. An in-house team monitors rides as they are happening. The company’s smart phone app provides parents progress reports every step of the way, from ride confirmation and driver photo, to pick up and drop off updates, to following the ride in real time.
Parents able to book HopSkipDrive rides the next day, the next week, or even for the entire school year. Private rides start at $16, but parents are allowed to create car pool groups to reduce the costs to as little as $7 per child. The alternative of hiring a babysitter that will provide transportation is equally expensive, and it can be difficult to find someone to commit to the — possibly irregular, possibly changing — times needed.
“As working moms, we were dying,” says HopSkipJump’s co-founder and CEO Joanna McFarland. But they knew that many families like them were also scrambling to arrange school and activity transportation with hectic work schedules. The company she has created with fellow moms Carolyn Yashari Becher and Janelle McGlothlin has raised over $22 million in financing to date. But the moms are perhaps most proud of their perfect safety track record.
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