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Uber and Lyft Suspend Operations in Some Cities With Curfews

Published on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:30 am in News.

In an effort to comply with curfew orders around the country, Uber, Lyft, and the food delivery platform DoorDash are temporarily suspending services in some cities. More than three dozen cities have implemented curfews following demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

Lyft has yet to release a list of the cities where they will be suspending services. A spokesperson only provided that the company is following the direction of local government. Uber has suspended operations during curfew hours in Minneapolis, Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In some cities, officials have asked Uber to continue to operate even with curfew orders in place, in an effort to serve essential workers without other means of transportation.

Uber Introduces Hourly Trip Rate in Select Cities

Published on Jun 1, 2020 at 7:33 am in Rideshare Services.

Facing a significant drop in the demand for rides in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber is implementing an hourly trip rate. The purpose of the hourly trip rate is to give riders the opportunity to lock in one car for multiple trips—which limits their exposure to multiple drivers and vehicles.

Starting at $50 per hour, rideshare users can request an Uber trip lasting up to seven hours. Rides are ordered as normal through the app, but users will have to select the “Hourly” option as opposed to UberX, UberXL, or Uber Pool.

Uber Destroys Thousands of E-Scooters and Bikes After Lime Deal

Published on May 29, 2020 at 7:36 am in Electric Scooters.

Uber has scrapped thousands of electric scooters and bikes after selling its Jump unite to the e-scooter company Lime earlier this month. The destroyed vehicles were older models that Lime did not want.

Footage of the red Jump e-bikes being destroyed at a North Carolina recycling center was shared on May 27 on Twitter. Bike enthusiasts around the world expressed their anger and questioned why the vehicles could not have been donated.

Belgian Study Shows E-Scooter Hospitalization Rate

Published on May 28, 2020 at 7:29 am in Electric Scooters.

According to a new joint study by the road safety institute VIAS and five Belgian hospitals, an e-scooter rider is hospitalized on average once per week, with common injuries including broken jaws and head trauma.

In the majority of accidents, the e-scooter rider was the only person involved. Typically, they were inexperienced or first-time riders between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. In addition to broken jaws and head injuries, other common injuries included fractured wrists and lesions to the abdomen resulting from the impact to the belly against the scooter’s steering wheel.

Uber Drivers Prepare for Revival of Rideshare Demand

Published on May 27, 2020 at 7:41 am in News.

As businesses across the country begin to reopen as COVID-19 cases decline, rideshare drivers are preparing for an increase in ride requests and passengers. It’s likely that drivers and passengers will have to deal with the impact of the pandemic for quite some time.

Currently, Uber and Lyft drivers who are still providing services to passengers are dealing with a significant decline in demand. According to Kyilin Wu in San Francisco in an interview with ABC7, “I started out at 8 a.m. and only got two passengers. Business is really slow right now.” Drivers in Wichita, Kansas are facing the same problems, as a report released by the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport said April traffic decreased 95% compared to April 2020.