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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


Aug 9, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 9, 2017 Gil Hackel
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Aug 5, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat
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Jul 25, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Jul 24, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Jul 23, 2017 Sophie Miranda
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Jul 23, 2017 Sharon Gilman
Jul 23, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Jul 22, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 19, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Jul 1, 2017 Kyle Bracken
Jun 28, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 27, 2017 GIGI LIEBENTHAL
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Jun 21, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Jun 13, 2017 v Ilardi
Jun 12, 2017 Leslie Pfost
Jun 12, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 31, 2017 miriam feehily
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May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
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May 16, 2017 Patricia Poole
May 16, 2017 Dorothy Henry
May 15, 2017 Dawn Ward-Doma
May 15, 2017 Sue Ellen Lupien
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
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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

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