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Old 06-11-14, 06:54 AM   #1
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Ride Share Apps

A lot of car-free folks, especially young people, are using ride share apps like Blah Blah Car and Uber to get around. I have the former on my phone, but I haven't used it yet. It seems to me these apps make a lot of sense. If someone absolutely must use a car to go somewhere, why not carpool and in that way pollute less and reduce our use of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions?

Well, our government in Madrid, pressured by the big coach and car companies, as well as by Big Oil, no doubt, are threatening anyone who dares to use these apps with big fines. Taxi drivers don't like this phenomenom, either.

Do any of you use these apps?

Taxi drivers in Europe go head-to-head with car-hire app Uber

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I've never used one. And it's not just Europe. Cab drivers in the US are are also up in arms. They pay a lot of money for those hack licenses.
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I've never used one. And it's not just Europe. Cab drivers in the US are are also up in arms. They pay a lot of money for those hack licenses.
The cab drivers here in Seville are almost always up in arms. When our bike sharing system was unveiled they had a fit, claiming it was unfair competition!
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Do I use them? Nope, primarily because I don't have a smartphone and my tablet is WiFi only.

Would I use them if I did have a device on a data plan? Nope- I have reservations about climbing into cars with unknown mechanical issues driven by complete strangers that have an unknown level of competence behind the wheel.
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I've never used one but my boyfriend has. A friend gave him a referral to Sidecar that came with $25 in credit toward rides, so he used it to make a few trips in San Francisco. He concluded that it generally costs less to use an actual taxi, at least in the city where taxi fares are fairly cheap. It's my understanding that not all of these services could be described as carpooling, though. I've been told that some operate pretty much as a standard taxi service does, with drivers cruising around the city to pick up passengers. That system wouldn't offer any reduction in pollution or congestion.

I have no particular interest in sharing rides around town; I'd rather use my bike or a bus. But I would love a service to coordinate carpools to trailheads to go hiking and backpacking. I guess that would be harder to do though. And there's a certain level of risk attached to getting into a car with a stranger.

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Would I use them if I did have a device on a data plan? Nope- I have reservations about climbing into cars with unknown mechanical issues driven by complete strangers that have an unknown level of competence behind the wheel.
That leaves cabs in New York off your list.
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