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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


Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 20, 2017 Anitra Gordon
Mar 11, 2017 Sigfrido Losada Torreiro
Mar 10, 2017 Kevin Duffy
Mar 10, 2017 Arthur Foster
Mar 9, 2017 Leslie Williams
Mar 7, 2017 Suzette Henderson My daughter uses Uber to go to after school programs when her Dad and I can't give her a lift. Now I'm worried.
Mar 7, 2017 Danielle Curcio
Mar 6, 2017 mercy myers
Mar 6, 2017 Sarah Stevens
Mar 5, 2017 Brianna Onken
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have a health problem that makes taking the bus in the summer dangerous. Ride share programs have made me less dependant on others. I don't want to feel like I should consider using initials to conceal my gender.
Mar 3, 2017 Jamie Smith
Mar 2, 2017 Joanne Barrettt
Mar 1, 2017 Sharon Sutton
Feb 26, 2017 christine burgess
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2017 elizabeth shore
Feb 23, 2017 Janet Petermann
Feb 22, 2017 natalie hughes
Feb 22, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Feb 20, 2017 Jimalee Jackson
Feb 20, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Feb 19, 2017 Paula Lewis
Feb 19, 2017 Marly Wexler
Feb 19, 2017 Cheryl E
Feb 19, 2017 Shea L. Hales
Feb 19, 2017 Mary Ferraro
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 Muriel Heanue
Feb 18, 2017 Ashleigh Heath
Feb 18, 2017 Leonardo Rodriguez
Feb 18, 2017 Cecilia Domina
Feb 18, 2017 LAUREN CLAYTON
Feb 18, 2017 Marilyn Mick
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 Nick Stockbridge
Feb 18, 2017 Devyani Chauhan
Feb 18, 2017 rhonda lawford
Feb 18, 2017 Dana Barry
Feb 18, 2017 Linda Leonard
Feb 18, 2017 Neville Bruce
Feb 18, 2017 Allison Everitt
Feb 17, 2017 Greg Meyer
Feb 17, 2017 Sharon Mack
Feb 17, 2017 Mita Chakraborti
Feb 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2017 Patricia Vazquez
Feb 17, 2017 Leslie Wilbur
Feb 17, 2017 Maria Charlier

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