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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


Feb 20, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Feb 16, 2017 M Kent
Feb 13, 2017 Marga Childs
Feb 10, 2017 Frances Patch
Feb 8, 2017 Bob Brucker
Feb 4, 2017 Judith Beattie
Feb 1, 2017 Cathy Burger
Feb 1, 2017 Amanda Dickinson
Feb 1, 2017 monique La Marca
Jan 30, 2017 R. Denis Cole
Jan 29, 2017 Rose Hall
Jan 29, 2017 Anthony Charles
Jan 29, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jan 28, 2017 Farrah Townsend
Jan 28, 2017 Helen Pattison
Jan 27, 2017 Michelle Howe
Jan 27, 2017 sheila mizrahi
Jan 26, 2017 Lynne Doran
Jan 25, 2017 Amy Harlib
Jan 25, 2017 David Schaechtel
Jan 25, 2017 Pat Annoni
Jan 25, 2017 Bethanie C. Deerchild
Jan 25, 2017 Tobi Zausner
Jan 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2017 emily funke
Jan 25, 2017 Liam Perry
Jan 25, 2017 Rodolfo Conde
Jan 25, 2017 patty langford
Jan 25, 2017 Cynthia Cabell
Jan 25, 2017 Brandon Juhl
Jan 25, 2017 Jonathan Knowles
Jan 25, 2017 Lacey Smith
Jan 25, 2017 Mikail Barron
Jan 25, 2017 Sandi Hebley
Jan 25, 2017 Linda Tabb
Jan 25, 2017 Arden Leslie
Jan 25, 2017 Jackie Cudney I'd rather pay for a cab than support these pompous asses!
Jan 25, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Jan 25, 2017 Ruth Merrill Both Uber and Lyft have improved the market for transportation. Therefore, I was dismayed to see a recent study reveal that drivers were discriminating against women and minorities. Please address this grievance.
Jan 25, 2017 Patrik Löfgren
Jan 25, 2017 Martha Anderson
Jan 25, 2017 Lynn Juozilaitis
Jan 25, 2017 Christopher Lake
Jan 25, 2017 Rhiannon Young
Jan 25, 2017 Cynthia Riedl
Jan 25, 2017 Lori Mathis
Jan 25, 2017 Patricia Wirth-Nugent
Jan 25, 2017 Patricia Loverink
Jan 25, 2017 Bob Shanahan
Jan 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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