5 thoughts on “Rallies, Protests Planned Ahead of Rideshare Vote

  1. How about the Uber drivers alleged sexual assaults reported in Alamo Heights and being investigated by SAPD? How about the statement the SA chief of police made that there is no evidence the rideshare has reduced DWI. What about the Uber drivers with criminal that the mayor of Houston reported driving for Uber? What about the hundred of sexual assaults and other problems reported on http://www.whoisdrivingyou.org? What about the low low wages made by rideshare drivers after calculating company commissions and their expenses? What about the women that are NOT being protected from these companies sexual predators? What about doing what Austin representatives and citizens did and NOT allowing corporate control of our city by these irresponsible corporations and their supporters? How about following our city standards that limo, taxi, charter drivers have followed for over 20 years, mandatory fingerprint and criminal background checks? These corporations need to step up to the plate and fingerprint 100 percent of their drivers or get out of town. Get Me and other like services will take care of the business need if Uber and Lyft can not be responsible.

  2. I think we should definitely keep ‘ride hailing’ companies in San Antonio (conventional taxis and new services like Uber and Lyft) but City policy should encourage the industry to transition to ride sharing and electric vehicles as well as more accessible vehicles (bike rack equipped; able to serve passengers with disabilities; better integrated with VIA hubs) with any new policy.

    Something like 30% of Uber’s trips nationally currently are true ride sharing – or where passengers who are strangers share seats and journey time in a vehicle. Uber is currently utilizing an electric car fleet in cities like London and Chicago. It is not currently clear what percentage of ride hailing in San Antonio is shared and/or by electric or hybrid vehicle.

    Electric taxis are currently on the road in cities like Montreal, Madrid and Austin. In addition, companies like Bandwagon are supporting taxi sharing in cities like New York, including to cut down on ride hailing congestion and wait times at key sites like airports.

    Since 2007, City of San Antonio policy/ordinance has encouraged the transition of ride hailing vehicles from internal combustion engines to electric – by granting additional licenses only to hybrid and electric vehicles and offering free parking or standing to these vehicles at key locations downtown.

    Any new ride hailing policy should fit with the City’s established long-term aims and actions for improved air quality(Air Quality Health Alert Plan: 2014) and active mobility (FitCitySA, VisionZeroSA, SATomorrow: 2016 etc). Our current approved plans call for improved air quality and public health through reduced vehicle idling, emissions and use – including through shared and hybrid and electric vehicle use, transition of ride hailing vehicles from internal combustion engines, more renewable energy use and more active transport (walking and cycling).

    These aims fit with the direction many leading urban mobility planners suggest we should be heading in the next four years with policy and infrastructure – shared vehicle, electric and supportive of active transit (at least 50% of trips by walking and biking). New ride hailing policy should compliment these aims.

    Resources

    City’s Air Quality Health Alert Plan (2014) – which describes the City’s innovative Hybrid and Electric Taxi Ordinance (2007) as a long-term action: https://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/Sustainability/Environment/AirQualityHealthAlertPlan.pdf

    Uber using electric vehicles in London and Chicago:
    https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/31/uber-turns-on-electric-vehicles-in-uk-starting-with-50-cars-in-london/
    Electric taxis on their way:
    http://www.fleetcarma.com/electric-taxis-on-their-way/

    Sharing a taxi with a stranger is catching on in various US cities:
    http://fortune.com/2014/09/01/share-a-taxi-with-a-stranger-idea-is-catching-in-big-cities/

    Robin Chase discusses the need to transition to shared and electric vehicles (and renewable energy use and greater support for active transport) in the next four years before / as part of progress towards the autonomous vehicles that will help cities: http://streetsblog.libsyn.com/episode-121-will-your-autonomous-future-be-heaven-or-hell

  3. I think it’d be great if we could find a solution somewhere in the middle. I love using rideshare, and I also drive for them, and I have to say, they’re pretty great to have around. It’s less hassle and a much better experience than taking a taxi. However, I also see the other side of that. It’s important to keep safety in mind, and their regulations aren’t as strict as those of the traditional taxi industry. People should really get involved with these conversations and come up with a middle ground. Blogs like Rydely.com are great for keeping up with the news without having to do hard research and make sure you’re keeping yourself informed like I do.

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