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As a part of the Bike with the Blue program, Fresno police officers were reportedly in the neighborhood riding bicycles with the community. The officers formed a team with teens from the Fresno Unified School District.   Through this activity, the officers reportedly said they want to teach the teens good bicycle safety and good sportsmanship. “The real thing that we’re trying to reach out to is to find a goal, achieve it, and work towards it. Because what these kids get at the end is, when they complete the practices and complete the event, they get to keep the…
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 up 17-18% of overall rides in the third and fourth quarter of 2019. Pre-pandemic, the company once said it wanted shared rides to make up…
A woman who was riding an e-scooter in Downtown Long Beach around midnight was reportedly injured in a hit-and-run. The driver is still at large.   According to police, a group of people were riding electric scooters in the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 4th Street just after 12 a.m. when one of the riders was struck by a dark-color sedan. The Long Beach fire department transported the victim to a local hospital.   As aforementioned, the driver of the suspect vehicle fled the area. They were last seen headed westbound on Pacific Avenue and then northbound on Cedar Avenue,…
Uber Technologies Inc. reportedly finally reached a preliminary agreement with a California regulator for sharing data on sexual assault and harassment claims on its platform, avoiding a $59 million fine.   Back in Dec., the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) fined Uber after it refused to share victims’ detailed information, including full names and contact information, arguing that doing so would violate their right to privacy. Under the current proposal outlined in a regulatory filing with the CPUC, the penalty would be reduced to $150,000. However, Uber would pay $9 million to support a state victims’ fund and help create…
A high rate of state patrol traffic stops in U.S. states is not correlated with decreased car crash rates, a new study reportedly found. This debunks one of the main justifications for excessive policing on the country’s roads.    Researchers at an association of Cleveland-area hospitals and universities analyzed data on more than 150 million traffic stops made by state patrol officers in 33 states from 2006 to 2016, comparing them to car-crash rates in those same communities. The analysis showed that, in the aggregate, there was no significant correlation between high rates of police stops per mile and a…
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 has increased its prices by 79% since the second quarter of 2019. In its May earnings report, Uber reportedly said it had 3.5 million active…
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 from the steep budget cuts. And despite the threat of COVID significantly decreasing in urban areas as opposed to its height last year, many measures…
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 most effective ways to get Californians out of their cars and reduce emissions.” It’s been previously reported that in order for the state to…
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 Senate, could kill shared bike and e-scooter systems. The bill would reportedly require nonprofits, government agencies, and private companies that operate bike share and e-scooter…
A U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of California reportedly ruled recently that Uber Technologies Inc. can challenge a lawsuit alleging the company misclassified California drivers as independent contractors. According to Bloomberg Law, the ride-hailing giant is arguing that Prop. 22, which exempted the gig economy companies to classify its workers as employees, is retroactive.   The court reportedly certified a class of more than 4,800 Uber drivers who allege they were wrongly classified as independent contractors under AB 5, the state’s strict worker status rule. As aforementioned, Uber’s motion was granted to amend its reply to include…