New Ride Share Service ‘Shuffles’ Students Across OU Campus
NORMAN, Oklahoma - University of Oklahoma students now have alternate method to “shuffle” between buildings. A brand new ride share service called Shuffle is launching next week in partnership with the university, and it aims to cover the distance between walking and driving.
If you attended either of OU’s first two home games of the season, you may have seen the Shuffle shuttles driving around campus. They are about to get a lot more prevalent, and not just in Norman.
The fully electric Shuffles are charged up to shuttle to and fro. Founders Patrick and Gretchen Clark met at the university, and as they visited their alma mater last year they noticed students walking and coaches driving golf carts. They decided to help their fellow Sooners when their destination is “too far to walk, but too close to drive.”
“Students can sign up for a membership, which will get you on the vehicle and then for a few bucks you can jump on whenever you want,” Patrick says.
The rides are $3 per person per ride, and the Clarks say they do not want to take away business from companies like Uber. They are only covering a one mile radius around campus.
“We want to be just an alternative and we bring a little more of, I’d say, the experience,” says Patrick, “so you get the LED lights. You get the radio.”
The service is launching in partnership with the OU Department of Student Affairs, which is helping some of the profits return to the riders in other ways.
Patrick says, “They’ll go into a foundation and the foundation will use those to do things for the students.”
The Clarks are already looking to expand beyond OU, though. They plan to launch a downtown Oklahoma City version of Shuffle during Thunder season.
“When the Thunder start, you will see Shuffle carts all over Oklahoma City and then we can expand from there,” says Patrick. “We also want to expand to different universities around the country.”
You can look for Shuffle in the app store starting next week. To learn more, click here.