'Ride Safe' program is smart step forward
Safe Ride and SHAC (Student Health Advocacy Committee) recently announced a joint effort to hand out condoms to Safe Ride passengers through a program called “Ride Safe”. Not only is this an apt and timely measure by both organizations, it is incredibly useful for college students.
Safe Ride is a program that allows students to get rides to and from locations near and on campus – while it doesn’t go too far, it can take you to Safeway or a friend’s house late at night. By allowing Safe Ride drivers, who happen to be students, to hand out condoms, both SHAC and Safe Ride are stating one very important message – it’s okay to be sexually active and it’s smart to use protection.
Historically, the two ASUA organizations have been crucial in advocating for the needs of students, with Safe Ride being a much needed transportation alternative to the Cat Tran and public transport, and SHAC being a voice for the health concerns of students.
It’s not difficult to get condoms on campus. They are sold in various locations on campus, and are frequently thrown – literally thrown – at students during residence hall programs and sexual education events. Campus Health also has a pretty smoking deal on condoms – you can get 100 condoms for $15 dollars – and they also sell lube!
But some students find it embarrassing to purchase condoms, and some are just unprepared.
Let’s face it, a lot of people use Safe Ride to get to parties and to see their significant others. It would not be uncommon to also meet someone and later find the need for a condom and not have one – this program alleviates that.
The new “Ride Safe” program also saves condoms from going to waste by only giving out a maximum of two to each passenger. Sustainability is a big topic on campus, and Safe Ride and SHAC both recognize that.
All in all, it is a pretty progressive step forward to be handing out condoms to student passengers. While we may well be out of the sexual revolution of the 20th century, continuing to encourage safe sex in a population where experimentation and sexual activity is rampant is a solid step forward and representative of what the student body wants.
So go you, Safe Ride and SHAC, you’re probably going to save a lot of kids unwanted trips to Campus Health in coming years.
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