I can’t say I didn’t see this coming, but here it is: an app for women to hail taxis, which are also driven by women. Starting in the very near future, SheRides (LOL) which is also called SheTaxi, because girls love to have two names for the same thing, duh, will launch as the first female-oriented transportation app. The idea came from Stella Mateo, whose husband is the founder of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. Shocking, I know. Ladies can use an app on their iPhone (sorry, Android losers) to hail one of these special taxis.
Now, it seems slightly ridiculous, but upon further review, it’s not the worst idea. There are few things creepier than making awkward small talk while wearing hot pants or what have you in the front seat of a cab with a male cabbie. By “awkward,” I mean extremely, physically uncomfortable. And yes, I always have to ride shotty when there are four of us. I’m that girl. When I read about this app, I took a second to think just how sketchy it is that we voluntarily submit ourselves to a paid ride by a stranger who is (presumably) significantly more sober than we are. Then again, wouldn’t it be kind of hard to get away with drawing and quartering me at 2 a.m. on a Saturday in the middle of New York City? I don’t realistically know and I don’t want to. I hope the taxis are pink!
[via NY Mag]