CityRydes Website Gets A Facelift

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We have now upgraded our website to make it easy for you to see the services we are offering you and to make it easier for you to delegate an errand to us.

Check out the new CityRydes website

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Meet the Entrepreneurs Series: Tony Elumelu Foundation Blog Series Features City Rydes

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Business: City Rydes

CEO: David Otieno

Country: Kenya

CEO of City Rydes, David Otieno from Kenya quit his day job to become a solution provider. Read David Otieno’s story here

TEEP: What is City Rydes all about?

David Otieno: City Rydes Ltd is a logistics company that plays in the transportation market space. Their focus is to provide on time delivery, excellent customer service by aiding FMCGs, individuals and corporate organisations through an effective supply distribution chain.

TEEP: How has the TEEP Mentorship Platform been for you and your business?

David Otieno: The 10 weeks of mentorship and training has transformed our company by aiding us with a wealth of knowledge through the tasks during the course. We have built a new website, a mobile Application, established a blog page, and recruited two new staff. We have defined our target client and added more corporate organisations using strategies to increase our users in the market.

TEEP: How did you feel when you found out you were listed among the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs? David Otieno: My TEEP selection was a dream come true. And my interaction with Mr. Elumelu reenergized my team and I to push through the path of entrepreneurship. It showed that our business has potentials and the seed capital will give room for our expansion. Indeed, it has been a silver-line.

How To Download the CityRydes Android App and Delegate Your Errands Today (Pictures)

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Step 1: Open your Playstore account on your Android device. Search for ‘CityRydes’ on the search bar 

search for 'City Rydes'
search for ‘City Rydes’

Step 2: Click on the button that reads ‘Install’ 

click 'install'
click ‘install’

Step 3: Accept the Terms & Conditions from Google 

Accept the T&C
Accept the T&C

Step 4: Allow it to install, this may or may not take sometime depending on your internet connection


Step 5: Success! Installation is now complete. Now open…

Success. Installation is done.
Success. Installation is done.

Step 6: Open the app and delegate the errand by filling in the fields provided. 

Delegate the errand
Delegate the errand

Step 7: See what else CityRydes can help you accomplish. Give us feedback on how we can make it better for you.

Explore and give feedback
Explore and give feedback


How Clients are Using CityRydes  and Why You Should Too!

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Still unsure on whether you should delegate your errands to us?

Well, CityRydes does  an Excellent job with Errands and deliveries. But, do not hear this from us, here is proof of our service from one of our clients.

Just wanted to share the contacts for an EXCELLENT Kisumu-based errand service called City Rydes ( that my organisation has been using since the beginning of May.

They offer a range of services around town for very reasonable prices (usually 100 to 200/=) and are super reliable. This month, I’ve used them for the following activities:

– Cheque Delivery to the Bank and Suppliers

– Goods Collection and Drop Off

– Document/Letter Delivery

– Local Purchases (e.g. Safaricom – I just Mpesa when the agent reaches the paypoint)

– Collecting Quotations for various difficult items (incl. a noticeboard, large 50-seater tent)

They also have an online booking service ( so it is really easy to delegate any errands (I usually leave stuff with my askari and they collect). They also offer end-month invoicing for ease of payment.

And even if you don’t need the service for work, they would definitely be able to pick up your Al-noor or Java take-away….

Anyway, sorry to spam but just wanted to help them drum up some business as they’ve done a great job for us!  For more information, contact David (, call on 0724841570, or check out the website.



Allow yourself to spend more time on the work that matters to you, delegate. Talk to  us!

10 Top Places To Tour While in a New City

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We all love touring! 😉 I especially love going to new towns and cities that I have never been before. This is where City Tours come in Handy. The problem with new places is that you do not know where the best hangout places are, or where the great sights are, so you more likely than not ask for directions a lot (never mind that language barriers may cause you to have to ask many people) but also take awkward U-turns while trying to get Google to understand you 😀

So here it is! Your guide to places that you should consider visiting when on you first visit a new city.

  1. Go to the beach. If the city has a shoreline, this should be the first place to visit. It is free and will provide you with a good place to know ‘where to start’ as you watch the waves and the boats.
  2. Go to the public park. Public parks are a great place to get in touch with the locals. They provide for a ‘chilled out’ atmosphere where you can get a chance to observe the buildings and get in sync with the city.
  3. Museums. Museums provide you with a cheap guide to understanding the history of the town. They are also almost always easy to find.
  4. Memorial Sites. Most cities have memorial sites that are easily accessible and mostly free. They are also good spots for taking pictures!
  5. Markets. Markets allow you to mingle with the locals, to see what is on offer, to get ideas and who knows, maybe you can get a souvenirNairobi_city_hall
  6. Government areas. In some cities, outside government buildings is  open to the public because they are taken to be a tourist attraction. Take Nairobi city hall for example.
  7. Religious Area/Buildings. You have to be careful with this one though, especially when taking pictures. Places of worship are normally nicely done. It is good to walk around old buildings while looking out for murals and glass art.
  8. Universities- The Garissa Attack has made this one quite a complicated affair since you may have to call and book an appointment first with the university or college you would like to visit. Nonetheless, unis provide a great spot to learn more about the community…and who knows, they may have free WiFi.
  9. Commercial farms/industries. Is the area famous for wheat, maize, meat? You will be surprised to know that certain companies have tours for their visitors. You may however have to book in advance.
  10. Public libraries – though, unfortunately, not common in Kenya, public libraries provide a ripe spot to learn more from the Librarian 😀

If you are new to Kisumu, CityRydes provides you with an affordable, friendly and informed guide to the city and its proximate environs.


5 Things You MUST Remember Before You Send That Cheque

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Cheques are a representative of a person or business carrying out a trade. Cheque can be used to give money to the person from whom you want to make a purchase. They can also used to withdraw money from banks. Travellers cheque is useful during traveling. There are more other variants of cheque, such as bankers cheque.

Sending a cheque is perhaps the one of the more common ways of using CityRydes. Yet there are times we get it wrong and this leads to lost time through unnecessary back and forth. So here is your checklist for sending cheques, especially if you are in Kenya.

  1. The date must be correct. Use the standard british date format for Kenya. Remember that cheques over one month old may have problems getting accepted in some banks, so it is better to keep things fresh.
  2. Amounts MUST be correct and tally. The written and numeric amounts must be the same. It is best to write cheques when you are free from distractions. No crossing out of figures, however minor, because the bank will not take it. ( I learned this the hard way.)
  3. The Signature. The signature must be the same as the as the bank records at all times. You must adhere to this because if you may get fined depending on your bank.
  4. What to use when writing on a cheque. Use a simple black or blue (but black is the preferred)  pen. Do not write with a pencil, marker or red pen.
  5. Do not fold cheques. Cheques should not be folded , creased or wrinkled. This is because they go through a machine that scans for its authenticity before being processed. Not even one fold is acceptable. It is thus important to make sure that all your cheques stay clean and straight otherwise the bank will not accept them.

Use CityRydes today to send your cheques. It fast, convenient and saves you a whole lot of time.

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Why Lake Hub is Talking About City Rydes

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City Rydes, Providing a Hustle Free Life For Kisumu Residents 

Imagine this. You are extremely busy, working hard at your office desk. You have deadlines to meet and your boss is on your neck. Then you remember that you need to settle that water bill, or electricity bill that arrived at your desk two days ago. Tricky right? Or consider this. You are out-of-town, fieldwork probably, and you need a parcel picked for you and delivered at some point urgently. Or you need an errand to be run urgently. What do you do?

Here is what you do, you grab your phone and call or text City Rydes will schedule your errands as soon as they receive them, they will then give you a quotation and thereafter dispatch one of their three runners (or motorbike riders) to the errand location within 30 minutes of booking confirmation and execute your requests in full as instructed. Cool, right?

City Rydes is one of the most promising and fastest growing start-ups in Kisumu. So much so, that they are among the 100 African companies that are currently being mentored under Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme. City Rydes is a simple problem solver that will save you time from running small personal errands or office errands.


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City Rydes was founded by three guys-Maurice Cerullo, David Otieno and Kenny Rachuonyo who were struck by this idea while attending DEMO Africa, a start-up conference back in 2010 at Safari Park. Since then, the start-up has grown in leaps and bounds.

Since they started operating in Kisumu in July 2014, City Rydes have amassed an impressive client list which includes Access Kenya, MetroPark Hotel and Action Aid. These, coupled with extremely positive feedback they get from each client only shows the potential that this start-up possesses.

However this journey has not been smooth sailing. City Rydes have had to work hard to earn client trust and make sure that the brand is known for timely deliveries. In this regard City Rydes will take full responsibility for the facilitation and completion of all paid-for errands and thus guarantee 100% customer satisfaction with their services.

And because City Rydes pride themselves in Customer satisfaction, they will refund the full errand cost in the unlikely event that dissatisfaction is caused as a result of their non-adherence to specified instructions.

City Rydes is a start-up that will only get better with each completed errand and transaction.

Video: This is CityRydes

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CityRydes has been in operation for a long while now and we thought it wise to share with you a bit about what we do. Get in touch with us here 


6 Non-Obvious Ways City Rydes Can Make You More Productive At Work.

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Greater productivity means that you are accomplishing more in the same amount of time. The way to have a helper increase this ratio is not by increasing your accomplishments but by decreasing the amount of time spent doing tasks that can be delegated.For non-obvious ways to increase productivity, here are 6 things to use City Rydes for:-

  1. Send us to buy you an interesting book from a bookshop. You may have that book you have always been meaning to buy, but have never really found the time. Delegate to us and we shall get you that boost in productivity you need.
  2. Send us to take your electronics for repair. We sometimes have those electronics that we need to take back before, lets say, the warranty expires or things become much worse. Inform us and we shall drop it at your electrician’s shop and pick it right up when it is done. Have special requests on this matter? Talk to us today._MG_8311
  3. Send us to take your clothes to the laundry/ or to pick them up. Do not fail to wear that suit that you love because it got stained and you have not had a chance to take it to the tailor.  Have clothes that need to be hemmed or repair? Tell us to take them to the tailor for you.
  4. Give us the opportunity to take you on a tour around the city. Have specific areas of interest along your line of work that you would like to see? Inform us and we shall tell you all the areas to visit that are within you interest, and take you there as well.
  5. Need assignments taken to your lecturer? Use us. You are working hard to work and study at the same time, but you have just remembered that the project you were working on is due. Delegate to us the task of printing it for you and delivering it to your Professor. No need to ask for time off for you to do such a mundane task.
  6. Need to take your car for servicing or repairs? I know what you might be thinking. We have not earned your trust enough, Talk to us. We understand your concerns on this but think of how much time is lost on waiting for your car to be serviced or repaired. If you have a specific mechanic delegate to us the task of picking your car while you are at work and dropping it back once you get the confirmation from your mechanic that it is ready.

Allow yourself to spend more time on the work that matters to you. Delegate to us.
Have a chat with us!