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Lockdowns throughout the country changed how people used transportation alternatives, but especially Uber and Lyft rides. One of the first services to be wiped out by the pandemic were their carpooling options, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. But roughly 16 months later, Lyft is now reportedly planning on slowly bringing back a revamped shared rides option.   Lyft’s chief financial officer reportedly disclosed on a 2020 earnings call that shared rides made…
As of late, the cost of an Uber or Lyft ride has significantly increased. Surge pricing and a driver shortage has made it more difficult than before for the consumer to request the ridehailing companies’ services. Because of this, much of the commentary on explaining this has been reportedly deemed a consequence of a “labor shortage,” largely motivated by a lack of proper financial incentives.   A ride-hail driver assistance app reportedly estimated that Uber…
As transit agencies across the country emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, they are reportedly confronting an array of new challenges. Because after more than a year of constant adaptation to provide safe service, agencies must now adapt again — this time to conditions that differ markedly from both the pre-COVID era and the thick of the pandemic.   Travel patterns have shifted as a result of COVID, and service levels have yet to fully recover…
In a recent memo, the advocacy organizations Calbike, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and TransForm joined forces to oppose AB 371.The bill would force bikeshare and e-scooter providers to extend insurance coverage to their customers, which the organizations argue could have a chilling effect on micromobility.   Titling it “AB 371 continues the assault on affordable and sustainable bike share and scooter programs in California,” they state the bill, which is in the state…
Awaiting Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature, $10 million for incentives to buy electric bicycles have been reportedly added to the state budget bill. It’s included in a planned investment of $425 million in the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, which is part of nearly $1 billion in investments in clean vehicles, including trucks and transit and school buses.    Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath reportedly told the California Bicycle Coalition that “making e-bikes more affordable is one of…
The latest Senate transportation bill would reportedly make it legal for freight companies to hire teenagers to drive big trucks. Some advocates are now saying that this, among other dangerous new policies, have no place in federal law.   A bipartisan amendment from Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and minority member Todd Young (R-IN) would reportedly establish a pilot program to train 3,000 new drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 to pilot the…
FinanceBuzz recently released their list naming which U.S. cities are most focused on the future. Despite the city’s pollution problem, Los Angeles still managed to come in at no. 14 on the list based on its carbon footprint and partly on its bike score.   As the publication noted, some cities are adapting more easily than others in an ever evolving world. “Cities that take proactive steps in the present will have the easiest time…
For many drivers during the coronavirus pandemic, open roads meant the perfect opportunity to speed — roads were actually deadlier in 2020. And now, a new paper showed that open roads, speeding, and other dangerous driving behaviors go hand-in-hand. The results reportedly argue that human perception and behavior offer some explanations as to why people speed and drive dangerously.   The emptier roads in California led to more speeding, which then led to…
It’s no secret that there was an e-bike boom in 2020 throughout the country, and advocates are reportedly saying that the demand would be even stronger if cities were building bike infrastructure to match the emerging mode.   Advocates have reportedly revealed that 600,000 e-bikes were sold last year in the U.S. — a rate of about once every 52 seconds. In contrast, the U.K. Bicycle Association said that retailers in Great Britain had…
The fast-food chain El Pollo Loco is reportedly partnering with the drone operator Flytrex for food delivery drone drops in Southern California. With delivery sales up, the restaurant opted for a delivery alternative that won’t cut into that profit.    With restaurants and indoor dining opening back up throughout the country, it is expected that food delivery — which grew substantially during the pandemic — will become an essential part of the restaurant business. However,…