Can the Streetsblog network be trusted

A flyer distributed in the Lower Haight recently made the absurd argument that converting private car parking into car-share parking is “privatization.” Photo: Amy Stephenson/Hoodline
A flyer distributed in the Lower Haight recently made the absurd argument that converting private car parking into car-share parking is “privatization.” Photo: Amy Stephenson/Hoodline

I’m not sure if the good folks over at the Streetsblog SF read their own blog.  San Francisco residents are up in arms over SFMTA privatizing on-street parking for private car share companies.  Streetsblog SF says “…it’s not exactly privatization…” to remove lucrative parking meters for car share companies.  Five years ago the same blog called privatization a massive ripoff.Continue reading “Can the Streetsblog network be trusted”

Will France ban carshare companies from using apps

Paris taxi drivers protest against Uber in January  AFP/François Guillot
Paris taxi drivers protest against Uber in January
AFP/François Guillot

As Uber continues to wreak havoc across the world with their rideshare app, the taxi industry isn’t going down without a fight.  Most states and countries are at odds over the functionality of apps devastating the long standing stronghold of taxi cab companies.Continue reading “Will France ban carshare companies from using apps”

If you can’t beat them, join them

fordFord Motors is interested in working with the likes of Uber and Lyft.  Ford Motors, along with other American made auto manufacturers, totally missed the mark on hybrids, EV’s and even carsharing, and are now looking to work with smartphone app based companies, presumably to sell more cars.Continue reading “If you can’t beat them, join them”

San Francisco creates on-street parking for carshare operators, residents cry foul

A snapshot of the SFMTA’s draft map of 900 proposed on-street car-share parking spots.
A snapshot of the SFMTA’s draft map of 900 proposed on-street car-share parking spots.

San Francisco is well known for its parking constraints.  The city is home to nearly 10 carshare companies:  DriveNow, RelayRides, Getaround, Zipcar and City Car Share and growing.  As SFMTA seeks to create 900 on-street parking spaces for carsharing, many residents are crying foul at the prospect of those who place their cars in P2P networks, like Getaround and RelayRides, are getting parking for free, while others have to pay.Continue reading “San Francisco creates on-street parking for carshare operators, residents cry foul”

Uber agrees to stop price gouging customers

uber nycDecember 2013 was a bad month for New Yorkers.  A helluva winter storm hit the city and so did Uber.  Cars were stuck in the snow, residents couldn’t get to work then Uber came to the rescue.  To the tune of $175 per trip.  They called it surge pricing due to the increased demand for rides.  Customers cried foul and the Attorney General stepped in.Continue reading “Uber agrees to stop price gouging customers”