My City Rides

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Memphis, TN   |  http://www.mycityrides.org

Mission

MyCityRides makes reliable transportation affordable and ownership possible for those in the workforce with limited means but unlimited potential, increasing opportunity for everyone.

Ruling year info

2018

CEO and Lead Flyer

Mr. Andy Nix

Main address

111 S Highland St # 535

Memphis, TN 38111 USA

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EIN

82-0898706

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (J19)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MyCityRides, is the first non-profit of its kind to address one of the root issues of poverty, transportation inequality, with a program that provides empowerment through scooter ownership. Our workforce mobility program offers a fixed cost, all-inclusive solution that fosters financial responsibility and social empowerment for low-income individuals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MyCityRides

We believe that working people should have access to transportation that’s reliable, affordable, and gives them the freedom to get where they need to go. Our lease-to-own program includes a brand new motorized scooter, plus the training, maintenance and gear individuals need to hit the road.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Older adults
Working poor
Low-income people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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MyCityRides makes reliable transportation affordable and ownership possible for those in the workforce with limited means but unlimited potential, increasing opportunity for everyone.

MyCityRides’ lease-to-own program allows individuals working at least 20 hours a week to enroll and pay $90 a month for 36 months to own their personal scooter. This puts the cost of ownership at approximately $3 dollars a day, the same as the cost of a round trip MATA pass. For this $90 monthly fee, MyCityRides provides training, liability insurance, maintenance, safety gear, and a new scooter that will travel with the speed of traffic.

MyCityRides’ lease-to-own program allows individuals working at least 20 hours a week to enroll and pay $90 a month for 36 months to own their personal scooter. This puts the cost of ownership at approximately $3 dollars a day, the same as the cost of a round trip MATA pass.

For this $90 monthly fee, MyCityRides provides training, liability insurance, maintenance, safety gear, and a new scooter that will travel with the speed of traffic.

MyCityRides provides everything applicants need to get and stay on the road safely. First, applicants are required to complete the employment and insurance verification process. Next they are enrolled in scooter school to train for the written and driving portions of the licensure process.

Once an applicant receives their class M endorsement they are often enrolled in the program and on the road within the next 48-72 hours. A Flyer commits to a 36 month contract with MyCityRides then rolls out with their new scooter and brand new safety gear. While under contract, a Flyer will make $90 monthly payments and receive liability insurance, along with preventative maintenance from MyCityRides. Once the contracted payments are complete, Flyers graduate from the program and own their scooters outright.

Program graduates are still welcome to treat MyCityRides as their trusted maintenance partner and participate in Flyer group rides and community perks for as long as they desire.


Since launching, MyCityRides has put more than 275 Flyers on the road and grown the staff to add the bandwidth needed to recruit, service, and maintain the growing fleet. The organization has been recognized with an Innovation Award from the Memphis Business Journal and named the largest SYM dealer in the United States two years in a row.

The next big move for MyCityRides is a planned campus relocation to Summer Ave. The 1.7 acre property will house the retail shop, administration offices, maintenance and warehouse operations, and training range all in one location. The campus will be located on the borders of Binghampton, the Heights, and Berclair communities. This location will place MyCityRides in the heart of Memphis, near both the geographic center of the community and major public transportation lines, as well as in close proximity to multiple communities with need-based customer populations.

This new campus will enable MyCityRides to scale from serving 300-400 Flyers annually to serving 1,000+.

MyCityRides, is the first non-profit of its kind to address the major root issue of poverty, transportation inequality, with a program that provides empowerment through scooter ownership.

This social-entrepreneurship launched with the primary goal of putting enough scooters on the road to create critical mass and establish these vehicles as a viable way to navigate Memphis. Since its inception in 2017, MyCityRides has put more than 250 individuals through the program and demand is stronger than ever.
In MyCityRides current facilities operations are limited by space, and juggling conflicting schedules for shared spaces. We project that the on-boarding and maintenance demands of our fleet will exceed our current space by late summer 2021. This Campus Project will enable MyCityRides to grow the fleet to approximately 900 scooters active in a given year. The anticipated revenues from a fleet this size will cover the cost of purchasing the new scooters required by the market in a given year, creating a cycle that will help offset a significant cost to operations.

Expanding to the Summer Avenue campus will also reduce the logistical demands of accessing off-site inventory increasing the bandwidth of the staff and allowing us to schedule scooter schools as needed to meet demand of the market and on-board applicants more efficiently.
This campus will be the “forever home” of MyCityRides in Memphis and an anchor for development momentum in the Summer Avenue corridor.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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My City Rides

Board of directors
as of 12/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jay Martin

Juice Plus+

Term: 2018 - 2020

Paulo Teixeira

Juice Plus+

Patty Stringer

Juice Plus+

Dan Conaway

Freelance Writer

Andy Nix

MyCityRides

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/02/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.