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A recently-concluded study revealed that drivers for the popular ridesharing applications Uber and Lyft discriminate against women and people of color.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, and the University of Washington, took place over the span of two years and included nearly 1,500 total rides in Seattle and Boston. To gather data, researchers marked down four distinct times of the Uber and Lyft processes: 1) when the ride was requested, 2) when the ride was accepted by the driver, 3) when they were picked up, and 4) when they arrived at their destination.

The results were alarming.

In Seattle, when compared to the results for white people, it took up to 28% longer for requests by riders of color to be accepted by both Uber and Lyft drivers. More than that, riders with "black-sounding names" in Boston experienced a cancellation rate twice as high as those with "white-sounding names," specifically when the passenger was male and requesting a ride in a "low-density area".

Generally, the study found women were often driven further than men, meaning that Uber and Lyft drivers, upon accepting the fare and picking up a woman, are less apt to take the shortest possible route to the destination. Considering this alongside reports from female researchers that drivers were extra talkative with them, the researchers suggest that female riders are exposed to profiteering and flirting.

While both Uber and Lyft have made significant progress in providing affordable transportation options for all — including several areas where taxis refuse to go — discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. These companies waved goodbye long ago to their startup status and must revise their process as such, starting with the process in which drivers apply and are accepted.

As it is, Uber and Lyft drivers share the following requirements: they must be older than 21, have proper driving experience; they must have an in-state driver’s license; they must have an in-state vehicle with proper insurance; they must be able to pass a background check.

Progress isn't guaranteed by this current process, not when it comes to discrimination. What Uber and Lyft must strive for is education. Sign this petition and request that, in addition to the current driver application process, the CEOs of Uber and Lyft require of its drivers the completion of a company generated and led course on proper driver conduct.

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To Travis Kalanick (CEO of Uber) and Logan Green (CEO of Lyft),

I acknowledge that your companies have made significant strides in providing affordable transportation options to all people, regardless of age, race, or gender, often picking up and dropping off passengers in areas taxis have refused to go for years.

Yet, discrimination continues to occur.

A recently-concluded study revealed that female passengers, and passengers of color, were discriminated against by both Uber drivers and Lyft drivers. The study was conducted by MIT, Stanford, and the University of Washington. Data was collected over the span of nearly 1,500 rides.

Specifically, results from rides in Seattle indicate that, when compared to the results for white people, it took up to 28% longer for drivers to accept requests from riders of color. More than that, riders with "black-sounding names" in Boston experienced a cancellation rate twice as high as those with "white-sounding names," specifically when the passenger was male and requesting a ride in a "low-density area".

The study also found that women were often driven further than men, meaning that Uber and Lyft drivers, upon accepting the fare and picking up a woman, are less apt to take the shortest possible route to the destination. Considering this alongside reports from female researchers that drivers were extra talkative with them, the researchers suggest that female riders are exposed to profiteering and flirting.

I believe that, in order to continue making significant progress in providing affordable transportation for all, the best course of action is for each of you to revisit your company's process for approving drivers. I request that, before allowing drivers onto the road, you require of your drivers the completion of a company generated and led course on proper driver conduct.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 15, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Jan 15, 2017 Jules Salvati
Jan 14, 2017 Martha W D Bushnell
Jan 14, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Jan 7, 2017 Linda Jones
Jan 4, 2017 Rita Camaño
Jan 2, 2017 Lisa Cook
Dec 26, 2016 Donna Jay
Dec 24, 2016 Cindy Campbell
Dec 21, 2016 Margaret Elaine Bailey I rely on Uber. Those of us who do must be able to receive our service without discrimination
Dec 21, 2016 Lori Strausser Outrageous, inexcusable and unacceptable. I don't think it will happen in my lifetime but the day must come when these ridiculous prejudices are eliminated in favor of reason, intellect and rationality.
Dec 20, 2016 Marjorie Schwartz
Dec 20, 2016 Emma-Lou Saxby-Tisdell
Dec 20, 2016 Cristina Gates
Dec 20, 2016 Dee Luke
Dec 20, 2016 Catherine Sowder Both my oldest son & godson drive for Uber in Southern California and would be horrified by this discrimination and driver conduct. Step up & don't let this behavior ruin it for drivers & passengers who need to feel confident in the service.
Dec 19, 2016 Melynda Quinn
Dec 19, 2016 Shannon Sicocan
Dec 19, 2016 susan wilson
Dec 19, 2016 Brian Gottejman
Dec 19, 2016 Leslie Pfost
Dec 19, 2016 Susan Heywood
Dec 18, 2016 Margit Steidl Stop these discrimination at once!
Dec 18, 2016 Joel Frye
Dec 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2016 (Name not displayed) I think that Uber and Lyft drivers should be screened to make sure that the will not discriminate who they pick up for a ride. These people pay good money and it doesn't matter who they are.
Dec 18, 2016 katia scaglia
Dec 18, 2016 Olimpia Baraini
Dec 18, 2016 chantal vagnat
Dec 17, 2016 Patrizia Cordoni
Dec 17, 2016 patricia dierickx
Dec 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2016 k k
Dec 16, 2016 m march
Dec 16, 2016 Nan Stevenson
Dec 16, 2016 Alicia Weiss
Dec 16, 2016 Tory Tretiak
Dec 16, 2016 Sheila See
Dec 15, 2016 Fariyal K
Dec 14, 2016 Andreas Rossing Angeltveit
Dec 14, 2016 Patricia Vazquez
Dec 14, 2016 Olga Stewart
Dec 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2016 frances Jankowski
Dec 14, 2016 Brooke Ogilvie
Dec 14, 2016 Barb Ashley
Dec 14, 2016 dennis kreiner
Dec 14, 2016 María Galarce
Dec 14, 2016 Leslie - please select Cassidy
Dec 14, 2016 Sasha van den Brink-Verhoeve

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