EZ RIDE of Bergen County

Traveling around Bergen County is difficult for most seniors. Many people have family that work or no family around and rely on friends to get them around. There are a few alternatives with town sponsored Senior busing, the Senior busing of Bergen County and Access ride, all sponsored to help get people around. One other option is EZ Ride. My disclaimer is that all services are at your discretion and you must form your own option by using them all.

EZ Ride is manned by volunteer drivers who drive their cars and help others. For more than 25 years, they have worked to improve the quality of life for our clients by providing transportation solutions.

During the last year alone, they managed more than half-a-million passenger trips, saving more than 10,000 gallons of gasoline a day, while providing convenient and reliable mobility throughout the state’s most densely populated counties.

In addition to their new FLEX-T Mobility Partner, we manage the state’s largest Carpool, Vanpool and Shuttle services for the corporate community and its employees, municipalities, universities and area colleges.

Their shuttles are equipped with GPS, Mobile Data Terminals and in-vehicle cameras to ensure safe, convenient travel every day of the year.

EZ Ride also offers bicycle and pedestrian services, car sharing and transportation services for older adults and people with reduced mobility using a team of volunteer drivers. To learn more about this and what they can do for you and your company, visit http://www.ezride.org.

EZ RIDE Volunteering:

With our cars and your driving, you can make the difference. Let’s face it, you’ve been lucky in life. Not everyone has been. All around us are neighbors who would love to have opportunities that we take for granted. Many are not able to drive, have a disability or can’t access public transportation.

You can offer a vital link that allows them to get back and forth to work, visit a relative or doctor, even do their grocery shopping. We make it an EZ Ride by providing the cars, gas and insurance.

Join our volunteer drivers network and make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering to drive. Your driving helps to make transportation affordable and keeps fares to a minimum.

Volunteer Requirements:

For the safety of the riders and drivers alike, you must:

*Be at least 21 years old
*Have a current New Jersey drivers license
*Have a clean driving record for at least three years and no criminal record
*Be reliable, punctual and have good interpersonal skills
*Agree to an interview and background check

Volunteer Benefits:

Our volunteers report a sense of reward that comes with helping others. In addition, they also receive:

*Volunteers can accumulate or ‘bank’ a ride for every 4 hour shift they work. Riders can be saved or transferred to others but must be used within the calendar year they are rewarded.

*Driver Safety Course

How to get started now:

Complete and submit an application form at http://www.ezride.org or call the volunteer coordinators at (201)939-4242 or fax (201)939-2630.

Notes:
* the brochure from which this information comes from states that this does not take the place of your insurance policy or legal advice. Refer to your insurance plan or attorney with specific questions. You may also review the web page for frequently asked questions.

*Volunteers over 65 are asked to provide a physician’s note verifying fitness to drive.

For more information:

Call Monday-Friday: 8am to 4pm

EZ Ride
144 Park Place East
Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075

Tele:
(201) 939-4242
Fax:
(201) 939-2630
Email:
info@ezride.org

http://www.ezride.org

Program supported by:

Kessler Foundation
National Center for Senior Transportation
The ARC of Monmouth County
KIP Center

*Note: all information has been taken from the EZ Ride pamphlet. Things change all the time so call first for updated information.

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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