British Columbia Needs Ride Sharing Services (Uber & Lyft) NOW

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Ride-sharing in British Columbia is long overdue!  

How many stories of poor experiences of stranded citizens and lack of service does the BC government need to hear before they move ahead with the inevitable step to have safe, cost-effective ride-sharing services available to residents and communities throughout BC??

Times are changing, as are the needs of citizens and our communities.   The government has to stop living in a bubble and accept that residents want ride-sharing for so many reasons - over and above a more reliable service to taxis. The taxi infrastructure everywhere in the Lower Mainland is broken and has been for years.  There is no need to wait another year and waste millions of dollars on evaluating solutions that we already know work.  There are no more excuses.  Vancouver is ready!

Please join me and my friends, family and colleagues by signing this petition to "encourage" the BC NDP to stop wasting time and money on this issue and get ride-sharing approved immediately in January 2018.

Some important commentary and notes:

  • Ride-sharing attracts a NEW DEMOGRAPHIC of riders to shared transportation
  • People are experiencing ride-sharing when travelling outside of BC and do not understand how Vancouver / BC can be SO BEHIND
  • Only people AGAINST ride-sharing are taxi companies and their drivers

And more information from inc.com:

It's Cheap! One of the reasons why ridesharing managed to rise so quickly is because of how cheap it is. On many routes, it's up to 50% cheaper to travel by rideshare than it is to travel by public transport. Nowhere did this become more apparent than with Uber. Taxi drivers all over the world have even launched legal action because they claim that Uber is unfairly taking their business away from them. Ridesharing has made long distance travel more affordable.

Bringing People Closer Together Ride-sharing is about so much more than an impersonal ride to this destination or that. It's about creating real connections between the driver and the passenger. Most rides will usually have enough demand to fill a vehicle. This will lead to up to four people having a relationship as they meet each other and speak about their likes and dislikes. This happens on both shorter rides and longer rides. It's making the world a better place because it's bringing together people from lots of different backgrounds. By bringing people closer together, it helps to break down barriers and create open minds.

Reduces Congestion on the Roads There's nothing more frustrating than trying to get somewhere only to have a huge traffic jam to struggle with. There are many reasons why this happens, but it's largely self-inflicted. When everyone is driving a vehicle, the roads can't handle so many people all trying to get to the same place at the same time. Congestion on the roads has been eased by people sharing cars together. Before ridesharing really started to hit the mainstream, governments and organizations were promoting the benefits of ridesharing. But there are more benefits that aren't confined to making it easier to get from one place to another without congestion.

The Environmental Benefits The world has to take a look at itself and consider what it is going to do about the increasing effect of global warming. The world is getting hotter and the environment is starting to change. This is a direct result of the greenhouse gases produced by vehicles like cars. Many cities have come up with solutions to improve air quality. Some cities have even allowed only certain license plates on the roads on alternate days. One way you can contribute to saving the environment is through ridesharing. If everyone could fill a car of four people, this would mean four times fewer greenhouse gas emissions. This would mean significant change to the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere and would slow down the rate of warming. Although there is no hard research to demonstrate the precise effect ridesharing has had on reducing emissions, the logic is clear.

Keeping People Mobile Ride-sharing, for many reasons, has liberated people. For example, if someone is unable to easily get to a bus or train station they may decide not to make the trip at all. Ridesharing has the benefit of being able to transport people to and from anywhere. It keeps people mobile, and that maintains the flow of people from place to place. As people meet with and connect with others, they become more tolerant and less isolated. One could easily describe ridesharing as the great social dispersion agent of the decade.



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