It is almost the weekend Seattle, and one blizzard of a weekend it is about to be! Well, at least for the 6,000 folks joining me and 162,000 lbs. of fresh, mountain snow in Seattle Center for Snow Day! I already know you’re taking a SideCar there, but don’t forget to drop in to the SideCar Lounge located in the Next 50 Pavilion to say “HEY-O!” to our team and take some photos in our photo booth. You’ll definitely want to catch up with me on Twitter as well so you can stay looped in since there is so much going down on Saturday. New riders use the promo code SNOWDAY for $10 in ride credit!
Since tickets to Snow Day have officially sold out, I’ve locked in a whole bunch of prizes for all of y’all that didn’t grab a ticket in time, too. All you have to do for a shot at winning is to ride with us this Saturday! THAT IS HOW MUCH I HEART YOU!
So here’s wassup: Every SideCar ride you take this Saturday (12a – 11:59p) = 1x your name gets entered to score some seriously rad prizes. That means the power to win is in your hands – the more rides you take, the better shot you have a winning! I’ll tally up your rides and put ‘em all in a hat, then draw winners next week. Ride. Win. Yay!
- A “Hooligan” beanie from our fam over at Rich Kids Brand (I’ve got more than one of these to share!)
- Tickets to shake it… but waaaaatch ya’self… with Mystikal, Dyme Def & more at NEUMOS on 1/24! Our pal DJ Swervewon is opening up so come early & come ready to dance
- We also got our hands on some Red Bull Records and “Wear the Trail Ends” merch from our friends at Red Bull Seattle
- A pair of tickets to the annual Dancing on the Valentine benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at NEUMOS on 2/9 sponsored by our very special friends at City Arts
- Our rockstar friends Ben Union have got a signed poster and a copy of their new album for someone special
- AND a few boxes of very delicious and nutritious KIND snack bars
To make it extra sweet, the SideCar rider who takes the most total rides on Saturday will get $50 in ride credit and one of our brand spankin’ new t-shirts! We’ve got a whole bunch of rad, local drivers ready to get you around safely this weekend so start making those Saturday plans.
Until next time, #RideOn!
P.S. Need somewhere to take your SideCar on Saturday night? Set your location drop to the Crocodile in Belltown where those wild and crazy Ben Union boys are celebrating the release of their latest album with a live show and a whole lotta whiskey. I’m heading there after Snow Day for sure. Tickets are still available, cop yours online here! You drink and we’ll drive.
*See that glowing marquee up top? You can check it out in person at Snow Day. It was made just for us by Seattle TaskRabbit Madeline R.
This New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, as a way to surprise and delight a few lucky SideCar riders, we launched the first ever #SideBus. Cruising around SF and accepting random rides, the #SideBus was a completely complimentary affair and could carry up to 20 lucky folks. Here’s how things went, according to our intrepid #SideBus Captain/City Manager, Chris Dally, and his loyal crew Jeff and Sumeet:
The night started off with a bang when tons of drivers met us at the Safeway parking lot to grab party favors like Red Bull, water, mints, gum, etc… All fun stuff to hand out to riders (or keep for themselves). Our party favors went pretty quick but weere stocked with enough water, Red Bull, gum and rave sticks to satisfy everyone. It was cool — the drivers loved the bus and enjoyed the impromptu social gathering/NYE send-off. It was gonna be a big night… no better way start it off than to huddle up before heading out.
The #SideBus got rolling just after 7:30 PM and the first highlight occurred on our second trip when we accepted a first time SideCar user’s ride request. He just so happened to have moved from NYC three days earlier and had a crew of 12 friends with him. Needless to say, we changed this guy’s night. The surprise and excitement of his friends was palpable. We drove around for a while with them as they partied and even stopped off to pick up more of their stunned friends before ultimately dropping them off at their destination. This crew had a blast and so did we.
As we picked groups up throughout the night, we rolled through parts of town that were absolutely slammed with people… Mission, Marina, Hayes Valley, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf. I couldn’t count how many peeps turned and look and waved at the #SideBus as we crawled in traffic down the Embarcadero and on to Market 30 minutes before the fireworks were set off over the Ferry Building.
Just after midnight we picked up a girl who was by herself, stranded and freezing in her red party dress. We swooped by to get her and then drove over to the Marina and picked up 10 of her friends. During the ride over there, it was hard not to smile at how in shock and absolutely thrilled this girl was that a party bus had come to pick her up. Not only did we save her, but we turned her into a hero with her friends and put a big shining disco ball of light into her night.
The #SideBus cruised into the wee hours (4am to be exact) before retiring. Something tells me this won’t be her last voyage though.
Happy New Year All!
The SideCar welcome here in Seattle these last couple months has been so warm I feel like I’m wrapped up in a Pendleton all day, err’day! I mean it – we might be the new kids on the block but we’re growing like crazy! As I was writing the NYE event post I stopped and asked myself: “Alex, before this season of giving is through, what more can SideCar do for the beautiful people of Seattle who have so embraced their new role as rideshare revolutionaries?” (Yes, my thoughts really are that long.)
My answer? Give ‘em the chance to win enough ride credits to cover their gettin’ around on NYE!
Getting around the Town (Macklemore shout out!) on this annual night of champagne and confetti can be quite the drag, and there’s no way you’re gonna want to drive yourself, but now that we’re here the game has changed. Not only can you use your SideCar app to get a cool, affordable and safe ride on demand, but we want you to win free ride credits on NYE!
Here’s how YOU can win:
- Follow @SideCarSEA on Twitter
- Use your app to request a ride with us as you head out and/or head home on NYE
- Then, once you’re SideCar-ing around & gettin’ it, use the hashtag #RideOnSEA to tell us WHERE SideCar will take you in 2013!
- I will pick the top 5 winning tweets (cool, funny, inspiring, interesting, green, etc. so make it good!) every hour from 6pm – 2am.
- Winning tweets will get credits in their account on January 1st that match the donation they made for their ride. Sweeet!
**Note: Since SideCar rides are fueled by community and donations, the credits prize works like this… winners will get fresh, new credits dropped in their accounts on January 1st that match the donation given for the ride they were in when they tweeted. That means you’ll still need to close out (donate & rate your driver) at the end of your ride. From there we’ll handle the rest! Got questions? Tweet ’em at me – I’m listening. And PS, this only works in Seattle folks!
Have fun, be safe & Ride On this New Year’s Eve!
Alex, your Seattle City Manager
New Year’s Eve is just one weekend away y’all. Can you believe it? To get ready, I asked the ultimate resource for finding crackin’ NYE parties – our Seattle SideCar fam! So here’s a list of where in the Auld Lang Syne our riders, drivers and pals are pointing you party people.
Don’t forget to use our app to get connected with one of the amazing Seattle drivers who are ready to help get you beautiful people around safely come Monday night. Please don’t even think about driving yourself! SideCar newbies can use the promo code SIDECARFAMNYE for $10 in credit when you take your first Seattle ride!
Oh, wait… you want the chance to get extra credits when you ride with SideCar on NYE? I think I can handle that. Stay tuned cause tomorrow I’m going to tell you how you can!
Rich Kids Brand & the Kingdom Saturdays Crew bring you Kingdom NYE at the Social
If you haven’t been to the Social on Capitol Hill since it’s re-launch back in October, you are definitely late to the party. Good thing one of our riders Mikey and his crew from Rich Kids Brand are teaming up with the DJs of the Social’s weekly Kingdom Saturday to throw you the richest bash around. You can dance it up with the Rich Kids’ crew in the Theory Vodka Lounge ft. DJs Charma, Henski & host McClarron (what doesn’t this guy do?!). You could also step on back to the main room and boogie down with all too cool host Whiskey Pete and resident DJs Sean Majors, BGeezy, Dr. Fever & friends. There are still some tickets available, but selling out fast so hurry the heck up!
A very #MINTED NYE at Barboza
I like to imagine a world where every SideCar adventure I took had a live DJ. But, since such a traveling dance party would real hard to coordinate, riding straight to Barboza is the next best thing especially this week! Resident supah-star DJ Swervewon is bringing you a MINTED Monday like no other in this ultra special NYE edition! Swerve is teaming up with DJ Jeff Hawk, host with the most B.B. and all your favorite songs (duh!) to help you dance your way riiiight in to 2013. Buy your tickets ahead for $10, cause they’re going up to $15 at the door. Need a booth for you & your crew? Reservations start at $50 while available. You can snag tickets at MOE Bar or online here.
Bring it Back to the HG Lodge this NYE
Did someone say free champagne? CHYEA. Resident Media did. It’s a party, it’s a party, it’s a NYE party! Remember the HG Lodge? Well the sign out front may read 95 Slide now, but for one night only the RME crew is taking over and turning it back into to HG Lodge so we can celebrate the past, present and future of dancing on the Hill. Heck we love RME’s #GOODSaturday party so much, we even gave them their own promo code. It’s a sign pointing your night in their direction! DJs Soul One and Pat Nasty will be on the decks til the break of 2013, plus a live performance by Brainstorm of Dyme Def. Cover is $20 for singles & $30 for couples, and err’body gets champagne to drink.
Industry Standard NYE at The Hideout
Did you know one of our drivers doubles as funky-fresh Seattle DJ? It’s true! Next time you ride with Ben in his flossy BMW, ask him all about it. He is doing a private event this NYE but he did suggest you check out his friends downtown, at The Hideout. Their new Monday night party, Industry Standard, is kickin’ it off big with a very special New Years Eve edition. Join DJs Introcut and Phat Stevens for St. Germain cocktail specials, $2 Rainier bottles (classy stuff, eh?) and the sweetest vinyl sounds around. This could be the start of many Mondays to come, guys!
Celebrate your survival at 9 Million in Unmarked Bills
If you’re anything like me, you’re still tickled pink that the Mayans were wrong about the world ending. You’re also tickled pink that one of our riders, Alicia, works in the liquor industry and is full of party suggestions. This NYE, she suggests you get to 9 Mill over in Fremont and join them in celebration of: 1.) the survival of the end of the world according to the Mayans AND 2.) the survival of 2012. Yes, “The Mayans Were Wrong: WE SURVIVED”! The bartenderinos will be serving up $5 drink specials, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Oh and did I mention there is NO COVER?! Tack that on as a third cause for celebration.
New Year’s Eve 2013 at Tini Bigs & Hula Hula
Two bars, one cover, $10. Sold yet? What if I tell you this is another whiskey and bourbon themed suggestion from our rider and Jack Daniel’s expert Alicia? If you’re in Belltown this NYE, cross Denny Way and head straight to the fine building on the corner that houses BOTH Tini Bigs and Hula Hula. They’ve got cocktail specials, karaoke, guest DJs and a view of the Space Needle – fireworks, helloooo! Karaoke starts at 8pm at Hula Hula, dancing starts at 9pm at Tini Bigs with an interior door between so you don’t have to pick between parties.
Fox & the Law at Rendezvous
Maybe hip hop isn’t your thing. Maybe EDM isn’t your thing either. How about guitar riffs and drum kits?! See, I know. Spend your NYE with a shot of Jack Daniel’s and some live music from the dudes (and our awesome friends!) of Fox and the Law at Rendezvous. Cover is a cool $7, because over paying is so not rock’n’roll. (Psst… prep your ears with some FREE tuneage courtesy of Fox and the Law’s SoundCloud!)
Ring in 2013 at TRINITY
My girl Tina is a SideCar rider and much of the reason so many ride requests head to Pioneer Square for Trinity Thursday. You rule girl! But this ultra special Monday, she is recommends you join her while she gets her hostess on for one of the biggest NYE parties in the city at Trinity Nightclub. When I say biggest, I meeean it! I’m talkin’ about two levels, two dance floors and three rooms. The Trinity crew will be serving up champagne, party favors, and a midnight balloon drop with KISS 106.1 FM‘s Tyler and DJ PHASE in the house broadcasting it all live. Buy your tickets ahead before they sell out!
Diego’s Alter-Ego NYE at Lucid
I have never met a theme I didn’t like, so clearly a masquerade is right up my alley. (The opportunity to run in to our friend David while he is in character as his alter ego, Diego, is also of great interest!) Grab your masks and buy your tickets to the very special and all-inclusive NYE event at Lucid. Open bar, comfort food (Parmesan & gruyere with gnocchi? Jerk-coconut chicken sliders? My mouth is watering from this menu…) and music all for under $70? Pay one price, and leave the rest to host Diego… or David? Someone report back and let me know ;). Tickets on sale through Sunday, friends!
WHEW. That is quite the list! Big thanks to everyone who contributed. We wish you a happy & safe night!
P.S. Feel like I am missing something? Shoot me an e-mail. I’m all about including the stuff our community recommends!
Alex, your Seattle City Manager
Space Needle photo credits to ex-Seattle, current L.A. blogger & photographer Bess Byers
Hello San Francisco SideCar Community!
2012 has been an amazing year:
- The Mayans were wrong
- SideCar was born
- You showed the world that with instant ridesharing we really can help each other get around in a way that’s more fun, efficient and safe.
To ring in 2013, plenty of drivers in our community have told us that they plan to get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve so that you can hit the town safely without having to worry about driving. ❤ To thank them, we decided to do them a huge favor:
For New Year’s Eve only – and in The San Francisco Bay Area Only – from 5pm-5am, as a way of saying thanks to those driving on NYE, we are going to suggest double the community average donation for each ride within the app. This means that a ride with a typical community average of $10 will say $20 on Monday night.
Here’s why we’re doing this:
- SideCar community drivers are not employed by SideCar or put on shifts of any kind. Going online on NYE (or any night) is completely up to them. Extra donations will help mobilize an army of designated drivers to help you get safely where you want to go on one of the busiest nights of the year for transportation.
- There are plenty of things to do on NYE besides drive… why not sweeten the pot a little for drivers to keep them stoked on getting people around.
- Extra donations = extra appreciation for awesome drivers lending a hand on a crazy night like NYE.
Of course, with SideCar what you donate is always up to you, and the community average is just there to help you decide. We just feel that on a night like New Year’s a little extra for drivers wouldn’t hurt. We hope you’ll feel the same way.
As for the surprise… we’ll be rolling out something a little bigger in San Francisco just for New Year’s Eve that will help you and your friends get around in real style. Follow us on Twitter @SideCarSF to find out what it is.
The SideCar San Francisco Team
This weekend our amazing city will host two Giants games, a 49ers game, America’s Cup, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Decompression, the Castro Street Fair, the Italian Heritage Parade, and last but not least, Fleet Week. Whoa.
Wherever your weekend takes you, know there’s an awesome SideCar driver nearby who wants to help you move about town. While we’ll have more drivers on the road than ever before, keep in mind that traffic is going to be NUTS, and we may get a lil’ busy. So hang with us and we’ll be there asap.
Pro Tip: When requesting a ride from a crowded area, set your pickup location a few blocks away from the madness, and walk that direction while confirming your request. If you’re not a master of multitasking, ask a friend for help.
Here are a few ideas for pickup locations near each event. (Hint: the stars are you, duh):
In case you haven’t heard, this weekend is Outside Lands. Got your tickets and set your personal lineup? Awesome, us too! Planning to take a SideCar to and from the festival? Sweet! Because of the music festival madness, we thought we could make your life a little easier by giving you a few tips & tricks for getting around with SideCar this weekend.
1. Be patient. There will be many requests and we’ll do our best to pick you up ASAP!
2. Count the members in your crew. Remember, 4 passengers max per SideCar.
3. Be courteous to your drivers. They will have plenty of interesting passengers over the course of the weekend, so please be considerate.
4. If you like your driver, look for them on your next ride with the new “Choose a Driver” feature!
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL
Set your drop off location 1-2 blocks outside of Golden Gate Park. Trust us, foot traffic and road blocks will make it difficult to drop you off at Will Call. Plus, this will allow your driver to pick up more festival goers.
LEAVING THE FESTIVAL
Walk 1-2 blocks from Golden Gate Park in any direction and set your pickup location. It will make it easier for drivers to get to you, and you will be easier to identify.
- Stay in your pickup location so your driver can find you.
- Avoid late cancels just because you see a cab. (SideCar drivers are nice people who really will pick you up. If you must cancel, do it early.)
- If you have multiple drop offs, be cool and re-book your ride between drop offs. It’s easy and a huge courtesy for your driver.
Rock on, riders.
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