Austin City Council : Support Sharing In Austin
  • Petitioned Bill Spelman

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Councilman
Bill Spelman
Mayor of Austin
Lee Leffingwell
Matt Curtis
Councilman
Chris Reiley
Matt Parkerson
Councilwoman
Sheryl Cole
Councilman
Mike Martinez
Austin City Council
Councilwoman
Kathie Tovo

Austin City Council : Support Sharing In Austin

    1. Sunil Paul
    2. Petition by

      Sunil Paul

      San Francisco, CA

Ridesharing is a great solution to the transportation problems that face Austin. But the Austin City Council has said they will penalize ridesharing during South by Southwest (SXSW) -- one of the busiest and most congested times in Austin.

As a leader of the ridesharing movement, I think sharing resource should never be a crime. That’s why I’m asking the Austin City Council not to penalize people who rideshare during SXSW.  

Rideshare companies like SideCar are leading a movement to build a transportation sharing economy that results in a cleaner, greener and more socially connected community. We believe that having the right to offer a technology platform that enables the sharing of resources is important for local communities. We're not alone. Ridesharing programs in cities across the country have been increasingly connecting people and serving local transportation needs.

But when Sidecar said they would offer Austinites the chance to share rides during SXSW, the City Council responded with aggressive action -- sending a cease and desist letter, threatening to impound cars used for ridesharing, even passing an ordinance that makes carpooling in exchange for gas money a crime in Austin! These penalties are unjust, and the Austin City Council needs to drop them.  

Sharing resources is not a crime – it’s a solution for a better and more sustainable way of life. If Austinites and other supporters come together and demand that the City Council and transportation regulators back off the ridesharing penalties they’ve suggested, they’ll have to listen.

Please sign this petition to support ridesharing as a transportation solution in Austin during SXSW. 

To:
Bill Spelman, Councilman
Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of Austin
Matt Curtis
Chris Reiley, Councilman
Matt Parkerson
Sheryl Cole, Councilwoman
Mike Martinez, Councilman
Austin City Council
Kathie Tovo, Councilwoman
Support sharing in Austin

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Ian Clarke AUSTIN, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Never mind just during SXSW, it should be permitted all year.

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    • Ian Clarke AUSTIN, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Because Austin's taxi companies are terrible and it is not the job of Austin City Council to protect their monopoly to the detriment of Austin's citizens.

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    • Oliver Whitham AUSTIN, TX
      • 12 months ago

      I believe that the sharing economy is going to bea huge part of Austins future, and is already helping it remain sustainable.

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      • about 1 year ago

      Because I believe innovation can not be stop! Collaborative consumption is the future and it can make a more equal society.

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    • SOKINA BOUR WOODINVILLE, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      I believe in ridesharing and the amazing service they provide! It's also cheaper than taxis!

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