Lyft Torero Ride

The Lyft Torero Ride program is a partnership between Associated Students, the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, and the Department of Public Safety that was created to give current USD students a ride to campus, to their residence, or to a location that they need to get to for urgent purposes. Examples may include being on an uncomfortable date, having a car break down or you or a friend have had too much to drink and have no alternative way home. Please note: All students who utilize this resource will receive a follow-up email from the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion. Students who use this resource multiple times will be asked to meet with a Student Wellness provider in the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion.

To use a Lyft Torero Ride:

  1. You must have or download the Lyft application to your mobile device and create an account. You do not need to be logged into Lyft with your e-mail address in order to use the Torero Ride program. You are not geographically bound to any geo-fenced area.
  2. Call Public Safety Dispatch at (619) 260-7777 and ask for a Lyft Torero Ride code. You will then need to provide your first/last name, USD ID number and cell phone number connected to your Lyft account. Public Safety will use your cell phone number to have the promotion code sent directly to your Lyft account.
  3. If you do not already have a Lyft account, the promotion code will be waiting for you in your Lyft account once you set it up with the same cell phone number that was provided to Public Safety.
Note: once the code is applied to your account it must be used within 24 hours. Promotional code covers up to $50 toward your ride. If you need additional ride support, please discuss with Public Safety. 

Safety Tips for Using a Rideshare App:

  • Ride with Friends: There is greater safety in numbers so when possible plan to ride with at least one other person to your destination. If you are requesting a ride to help get an intoxicated person home, ride with them! Help to ensure they get home safely.
  • Request Your Ride Inside: If possible, wait safely indoors while watching your app for the arrival of your driver.
  • Check Your Driver's Rating: Rideshare apps will display your potential driver’s ratings ahead of their arrival. Ratings are used to determine overall quality and safety so if you’re uncomfortable with the rating, cancel your ride and call another.
  • Confirm Your Ride Upon Arrival: Rideshare apps will share with you the vehicle make/model, license plate, and driver's name and photo for your ride. Pause before getting in to verify that you are getting into the specific vehicle sent for you. If something doesn't match up, don't get in. 
  • Avoid Riding in the Front Seat: If you’re riding alone, choose to sit in the backseat. This ensures you have the option of exiting either side of the vehicle after it safely stops to avoid moving traffic and gives you and your driver some personal space.
  • Share Your Trip Details: Rideshare apps have an option to share your ride with others. Tap this option and a text message will be sent to family or friends with a link to your current route and location.
  • Follow Your Own Trip: Follow the map along your journey to ensure you are headed where you intend to go. 
  • Trust Your Gut: If something doesn't feel right, you can always request for your ride to end mid-trip. Ask to be dropped off at the nearest location you feel safe such as a well-lit and open business. If you're on the road and your personal safety is threatened or you are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately. 
  • Don't Share Personal Information: Rideshare apps manage everything and there is never a reason to share personal information with a driver.
  • Share Feedback: After your ride, share honest feedback through the app's review feature about your trip and driver to help create a safer ridesharing community.