Everyone knows that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the Biggest Bar Night of the Year, right? If you don’t believe us, check out Yahoo Answers. College students are home, old high school friends reunite near their parents’ homes, or you just go get your groove on because you know everyone else will be out and about.
Now if you live in Chicago or New York, you can go have your good time and not worry about getting a DUI on the way home. It’s a little trickier in the Metro Detroit area where mass transit, while it exists (see here), is not such a realistic option after a late night out. Nor is riding your bike home the best idea (see here and here). But what are you to do if you want to meet up with your friends for a few drinks in Birmingham when you live in downtown Royal Oak? Nobody wants to sip on an Amstel Light for the whole evening.
Thankfully, you’ve got some options.
The Detroit Free Press recently did an article on some local services which will drive you home after a night out, in your own car. The rate for “on-demand service” for one of these services is $50 for the first 10 miles and $2 for each additional mile. Not cheap, sure, but WAY more affordable than a DUI!
There aren’t a lot of cabs around here. People drive everywhere and the issue of drunk driving is becoming a huge issue. Good people are going to jail because they have a lapse of judgment. –Tom Proctor, the Designate
A more social and affordable option is The Night Move, run by Chris Ramos, 26, of Ferndale.
Unlike the SMART bus system, the Night Move operates only on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., offering round-trips to and from Detroit, Royal Oak and Ferndale for $12. The bus provides maps of restaurants and bars and information on attractions and events in Detroit’s reemerging social scene.
The Night Move is also a “green” option — the bus runs on biodiesel. It’s also a much better deal than a cab and you’re sure to meet some fellow bar-hoppers along the way.
Go out and have a great time! And don’t be jealous of those of us living in downtown Royal Oak who can go to some of the best bars in the area and stumble home with no worries!
“Firms escort drinkers home in clients’ cars,” Detroit Free Press, link.
“Night Move bus rolls into city scene with green goals,” Detroit Free Press, link.
More information on each of the services, after the jump . . .
From the Detroit Free Press:
If you need a ride
- TheNight Move – stops in Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Along Woodward. Check out the schedule and stops at www.thenightmove.com
- The Designate offers pick-up services mainly in the metro Detroit area — Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties, as well as Ann Arbor and Brighton. Services are available on-demand or by reservation.
- For more information, call 888-929-8282 anytime, or go to www.thedesignate.com. Service hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday-Tuesday and from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday.Designated
- Dave’s serves Macomb County and, like the Designate, drives home drivers, their cars and their passengers. It is in need of drivers and donations or volunteers as some of its rides are free. To reserve a ride or to request a ride at the time it’s needed, call 586-808-8329 anytime.
- Designated Drivers, a pick-up and car delivery service out of South Lyon, serves primarily Oakland and western Wayne counties but also travels into other counties and cities, including Ann Arbor. Reservations are preferred but not required. Call toll-free 866-568-1737 anytime.
- Designated Driver serves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties by providing sedans and 14-passenger mini-coaches for customers who anticipate having difficulty getting home safely. Call 586-759-4334 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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