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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


Jun 24, 2018 Vicki Hambrick
Jun 16, 2018 Nicholas Zecher
Jun 9, 2018 Cindy Ray
Jun 2, 2018 Carrie Phyliky Rimes
Jun 2, 2018 alan harper
May 25, 2018 Glen Anderson
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 14, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 4, 2018 Dan and Paula Fogarty
May 3, 2018 Lane Page
Apr 29, 2018 Laurie Nicoletti
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 virginia green
Mar 28, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 18, 2018 Natasha Moore
Mar 18, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton Sexual assault has no color, it is indiscriminate and will not be tolerated.
Mar 12, 2018 Nina Pykare
Mar 10, 2018 Jessica Haag
Feb 23, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Nancy Cohen
Feb 10, 2018 Kenneth Davies
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 4, 2018 Sandra Richards
Jan 31, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Jan 23, 2018 Geraldine Trakys
Jan 16, 2018 Terri Robb
Jan 11, 2018 Jen Valentino
Jan 10, 2018 Samantha Mostek
Jan 10, 2018 Cynthia Dudley
Jan 10, 2018 Al DeRoy
Jan 10, 2018 Michael Edelson
Jan 5, 2018 Beverly Folkes
Jan 3, 2018 Margo Salone
Dec 26, 2017 Sarina Mathis
Dec 24, 2017 Sheila Ward
Dec 23, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Dec 23, 2017 Geniece Medsker
Dec 17, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 20, 2017 K. Lindsey
Nov 20, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 10, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 5, 2017 Tara Spires
Oct 30, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 30, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 28, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 19, 2017 bobbette bross

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