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People who don’t regularly experience sexual harassment in public have the freedom to choose where to go and how to get there based on convenience and cost. But for women and LGBTQ folks — populations that are at a higher risk of sexual harassment and assault — these considerations are often in conflict with a need to stay safe. This “safety gap” can end up unfairly costing women and LGBTQ individuals when it comes to time, opportunities and cold hard cash — not to mention that their best efforts to stay safe can still sometimes fail.

We piloted the RightRides service in 2015, and we’re now restructuring it to create a program that addresses the specific needs of transwomen in DC, who face harassment most severely.

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