My Ride Bedford: A Senior Citizen Transportation Program

Sonia Miller, Director, and Robin Vaickus, Coordinator of My Ride Bedford, who discuss the volunteer based senior citizen transportation program serving Bedford County, along with changes due to new COVID-19 policies.

We are a volunteer based senior citizen transportation program serving Bedford County. We have nearly 10,000 residents 60+ making up 22% of Bedford County’s Population. By 2030 that number is expected to jump to nearly 14,000.

We are available to adults age 60 and over who may need a little extra assistance. We provide low cost transportation for older adults who are able to walk on their own or with assistance of a cane or walker. Volunteer drivers must be 18+ and have a high school diploma or GED, use their own personal vehicle for transportation and are carefully screened.

  • Scheduling rides – Rides are pre-paid and must be scheduled 3 days in advance to give our volunteers time to arrange their schedules.
  • Partnerships – Business, agency, groups, etc., willing to help with scholarships for those that can’t afford the fees, help with gas cards for volunteer drivers, or possibly allow employees to volunteer once or twice a month while on the clock.

MyRide Bedford Covid-19 Policies

  • Rides will be provided to destinations that are open and not in violation of any state or local laws.
  • MyRide cannot transport seniors who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, are being treated for Covid-19, or those who need to be tested for Covid-19.
  • Riders will be asked to sit in the back seat to maintain as much social distance as possible.
  • Volunteer drivers AND riders are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times during the ride.
  • We are offering contact-free delivery of pre-paid groceries and prescriptions to our members.
  • Volunteer drivers will disinfect any surfaces that the rider touched after each ride.

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