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.