At a regulatory hearing in Chicago, rider Corrie shared a touching testimony of the impact ridesharing has on her daily life. https://vimeo.com/90261810
I have a busy life. I work out 5 days a week. I belong to many groups. I work as a volunteer at the night ministry. And I needed my car to get there.
And I withstood all attempts to get me to give up my car.
When [my son] Andrew started using Lyft in May, he started trying to convince me that this was the future. And after I got on Facebook and learned how to manage it, I decided to give it a try.
I gave it a try for a long period of time, and finally was willing to give up my car. And for the last six weeks, I've been without a car and I'm enjoying every minute. I am using Lyft regularly.
I can call when I'm upstairs in my apartment and arrange for them to be there as I get down to the door. They don't hesitate when I say I'm going to Hyde Park. I've had cab drivers refuse to come to Hyde Park when I wanted, or to pick me up in Hyde Park, and I can manage to go there on a Friday night, and at 9:30 call Lyft and come back from Hyde Park. That makes all the diff in the world to me. So I would like to see Lyft continue.
One important thing is that I've met absolutely fantastic young people as drivers in the car. I've been impressed with how many of them are students, how many of them are people with part-time jobs, how many of them are people with full-time jobs who need additional money to support their family. And they are by and large really impressively hardworking people.
I have not met many other people — and I've worked with young people all my life — as charming and as fascinating as the people on Lyft.
So keep it going, and give it every opportunity to increase. Thank you.
Video credit: John Bracamontes, Lyft Chicago founding driver.