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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


Apr 25, 2017 Chris Miller
Apr 25, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 23, 2017 John Moszyk
Apr 23, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Apr 23, 2017 Susan Hanlon
Apr 23, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 17, 2017 Hazel Sharrad
Apr 12, 2017 Brian Moore
Apr 11, 2017 Adam Fransella
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 Debi Hertel
Apr 10, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Apr 10, 2017 Nancy Walsh
Apr 10, 2017 joan Glasser
Apr 10, 2017 Tony Lilich
Apr 10, 2017 Tracey Katsouros
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 Marcie Mott
Apr 10, 2017 Diane McMahon
Apr 10, 2017 Jessica McConnell
Apr 10, 2017 Patrice Kaufman
Apr 10, 2017 Marie Osmundsen
Apr 10, 2017 Paul Dowd
Apr 10, 2017 Paul Henry
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Apr 4, 2017 Elaine Davis
Mar 30, 2017 ASHAKANTA SHARMA
Mar 14, 2017 Mick McMahon
Mar 13, 2017 Melora Jackson
Mar 13, 2017 Kristi Weber
Mar 13, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Mar 11, 2017 Bonnie Steiger With your reputation, I would never get into an Uber car.
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 9, 2017 Deborah Lombardi
Mar 7, 2017 kellyann morander
Mar 7, 2017 Kaley Bill
Mar 7, 2017 pearl wheeler
Mar 7, 2017 Peggy Phan
Mar 4, 2017 Michael Biggs
Mar 3, 2017 N Sayer
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Nadia Turba
Feb 23, 2017 Richard Horne
Feb 21, 2017 Greta Guarton
Feb 21, 2017 michalla sutton
Feb 21, 2017 CAROL HENDERSON
Feb 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2017 dennis kreiner
Feb 20, 2017 Kathleen Hamilton
Feb 20, 2017 Erica Bennett

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