The Rise of Uber and Lyft - safer for cyclists in the long term

Uber - Lyft definitely has made an impact on the declining Taxi industry as we know it. (A surcharge from Uber going to the Taxi companies to recoup there losses)
I am not sure for certain but would assume these service companies having vehicles on the road driven by there owners is a plus for cyclists, and because of the ratings system the good drivers are rated and a standard is maintained unlike the Taxi industry with very low standards.
Hopefully over time this will benefit cyclists as the drivers overall seem to be more responsible and less distracted then the competition. Uber now having so much input with future autonomous driving, the future looks better, Autonomous services will maintain safe road speeds, and also provide clearances for cyclists, the accident rates should definitely decline, limitations on private cars in city centres will eventually lead to the Bicycle again being KING of the Road. :)))

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Comment by Raymond on February 4, 2017 at 10:18pm

It would be interesting to know whether there is a greater proportion of poor or inconsiderate drivers among taxi drivers than among the rest of the driving population (and potential Uber drivers). My own experience says 'no'.

When I'm on the bike, taxis stick out more than police cars do. It's easy for me to give them the widest berth and expect the unexpected, unlike with regular invisibly-oblivious drivers. That said, I've never had a near miss. I've found being on foot to consistently more risky with my modus operandi.

As for the ones who are out driving the graveyard shift, I think most of them are sleep-deprived - do most of them drink coffee? If so, they're probably *all* sleep-deprived.

Comment by David on February 2, 2017 at 10:11am

I don't know about safety taxis vs uber vs general population, so I won't comment on that. I can say that I have been under a taxi when hit on my bike when I was a child (taxi driver's fault). I have since seen several close calls by taxi drivers nearly hitting pedestrians. Once when I was in the taxi. I have seen taxi drivers & private behave as if they own the road.

What I will comment on is the dreadful state our taxis are in compared to other countries' taxis. I came back recently from an overseas trip and felt I was in a developing country when I took a taxi from the airport to home. Not the first time either. Some of Brisbane taxis could be much better kept. I won't comment on mechanical maintenance because I do not know anything about that.

Comment by Jeremy Cooper on December 31, 2016 at 3:20pm

It would be interesting to know whether there is a greater proportion of poor or inconsiderate drivers among taxi drivers than among the rest of the driving population (and potential Uber drivers). My own experience says 'no'.

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