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About SafeRide

SafeRide is a service provided to members of the Northwestern community as a safe and free alternative to walking alone after dark. SafeRide operates from 7:00 pm to 3:00 am seven days a week during the academic year when classes are in session; excluding summer session. SafeRide drivers provide rides to and from destinations in and around Northwestern's Evanston campus.

SafeRide is not a taxi, it is a safety service meant to be used in conjunction with other strategies such as traveling in groups or using Northwestern's Shuttle Service.

SafeRide is staffed by student employees and administrators dedicated to enhancing campus safety.


SafeRide began in the late 1980s as a walking escort service called Student Escort Services. The Naval ROTC provided volunteers to walk students between destinations on campus at night. In 1992 ASG took over the service and in 1993 bikes were provided for the escorts to get to students' locations faster. Eventually, in the late 1990s, the University provided 3 cars, eliminating the walking escorts. In the fall of 2006, Student Escort Services was renamed to SafeRide. 2007 marked the year of the first Prius vehicles, as SafeRide acquired 6 of them as well as 1 handicap accessible van. The SafeRide fleet was increased to its current size of 8 Prii and 1 handicap accessbile van between 2010 and 2012. Today, Auxillary Services heads SafeRide and is staffed by friendly student employees.

Bernard Foster, SafeRide Coordinator

bernard foster head shot, click to enlargeEmail: b-foster@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-467-2228

Bernard (Bernie) Foster joined Student Affairs as the SafeRide Coordinator in August 2011. He joined Northwestern University Police Department as a Community Service Officer in 2007 and became a Community Service Office Supervisor in 2008.

Before joining the University Bernie worked at ComEd for 21 years as a overhead electrician special and trouble shooter. He enjoys learning new things and is always looking for ways to make something better. He is a lifelong citizen of Evanston. In his free time he enjoys woodworking, fixing and repairing things, and travelling with his family.

Contact Us

female staff member answering a callNeed a Ride?

Telephone: 847-491-7000

Want to Cancel a Ride?

Text to Cancel: 847-497-0028

Official Mailing Address

630 Lincoln St.
Evanston, IL 60208

Other Contact Information

Email: saferide@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-467-2228
Fax: 847-467-7778

Our Staff

staff on carsOur friendly staff is welcoming and ready to help you when you call.



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