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A new app launched in Kent County helps provide inclusive transportation

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Image courtesy of MUVE

It’s a lot like Uber or Lyft, but for those needing wheelchair accessible transportation.

Hoping to remove barriers to those facing mobility challenges, “Ride Your Way” wheelchair and ambulatory transportation provider in Kent County, together with their technology partner, MUVE has introduced a transportation app. It’s a lot like Uber or Lyft, but for those needing wheelchair accessible transportation. The service can be found on the “Go MUVE” app.

What they did is connected transportation providers like myself, who offer wheelchair accessible transportation solutions so that those facing mobility challenges can get access to transportation that they so desperately need through the ride share app.”

Tom Sikkema is the Founder and CEO of Ride Your Way.

He says in addition to being able to order a ride on the app, the app also has a “tagging” feature that allows users to identify various levels of accessibility within their community. Users can tag events, businesses, facilities and more.

“Is there a wheelchair accessible ramp at the front door, is there a curb cut out by the street, is the bathroom accessible, question’s like that.”

Sikkema says right now they’re the only provider on the “GO MUVE” app but they’re hoping to bring others into the network. He adds, Ride Your Way and now the GO MUVE app have a deep personal connection for him. Nine years ago, he was on a brain cancer journey. He says having access to mobility became increasingly important.

“Whether its MUVE or Ride Your Way is what I would’ve wanted back in 2013 when I was going through treatment. I didn’t want transportation to be a barrier.”

Sikkema says the app is available on IOS and Android platforms from your app store.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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