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Will Ridesharing Catch on in the United States?

I’ve written a lot lately about ridesharing in Spain, and I’ve discovered that this idea of sharing spare seats in cars driving short and long distances is very practical, economical, and it’s actually quite fun and social. So that got me thinking, why can’t we do this in the United States, where people spend lots […]

Ridesharing from Granada to Madrid

Once again on ridesharing. I’ve been writing about this sharing economy travel tool a lot on this trip to Spain. Far more than I expected when I started traveling. I already summed up my experience getting around Spain, but that didn’t include the trip to Madrid, which I think was noteworthy.

On International Ridesharing Day: My Experience Getting Around Spain

In honor of international ridesharing day, in it’s seventh year today, I am writing about my experience with ridesharing during a month long trip in Spain. Overall this sharing economy service has been a great addition to my trip. With ridesharing in Spain I saved a lot of money and often saved time, enjoyed conversations with interesting locals, and got […]

Saving Money Ride Sharing in Spain

For a day trip from Barcelona to Girona it’s pretty easy to take the train. There’s even a fast train that cuts the trip time down to about 38 minutes. It costs 15.90 Euro one way if you want to do something tricky like also visit the Dali museum in nearby Figueres (buying a standard round trip […]

Funders Push Ride Sharing Forward Ignoring Regulators’ Objections

Sidecar raised $15 million this week, with funding from several sources including Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson.  The money is targeted at expanding their ride sharing program.  I wrote recently about the launch of ride sharing programs by Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. They are all offering riders the option of either taking a peer to […]

Ridesharing: Saving America from Cars

An article in Salon on Sunday offers a good overview of the recent MIT study on the potential sharability of the average New York city taxi ride. While ride sharing is popular in other countries, especially in Europe (see my recent post on Blablacar), and collectivos or other forms of shared or informal busses exist in […]

Sharing Economy is still Capitalism: Uber and Lyft Battle for Drivers

There’s been a lot of recent media coverage of the Uber and Lyft fight for drivers, particularly of Uber’s use of contractors to book fake rides with Lyft and either cancel them or use the rides to recruit the drivers. The Verge ran a full exposé of this Uber practice recently. Lots of people are outraged, […]

SF Outside Lands: Uber Pricing Surge and Ride Sharing for Free

Last weekend at the San Francisco music festival Outside Lands fans were hit with huge price tags on their typically cheap and convenient peer to peer car service rides home. With public transit completely full and turning away passengers, I enjoyed an impromptu experience in free ride sharing as I drove a car full of concert goers across […]

Everyone is Ridesharing: Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Announce New Services

Last week UberX, Lyft and Sidecar all announced new ride sharing features which will give their passengers the option to share cars and costs when hiring these peer to peer taxi services. These ride services are in a unique position to know exactly where everyone is going and so to create efficient carpooling, in real time. I’m calling this […]

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