There’s nothing quite like the level of commitment our drivers have for ensuring Lyft's success in their local community. California state officials got a taste for their fightin' spirit on Tuesday during a rally at the State Capitol in support of peer-to-peer transportation.
The day began when more than 200 people boarded three buses in San Francisco to meet up with Sacramento drivers.
Armed with signs, stickers, and mustaches, drivers from Uber and Lyft united to stand in opposition of two bills that have the potential to harm on-demand transportation apps. Signs were waved and cheering was encouraged during passionate speeches on the front steps of the Capitol Building.
“I came out because a friend of mine drives for Lyft, and I’m here to support the cause,” said Diana, a Sacramento passenger. “I am looking to drive for Lyft soon. I think it’s a great organization that provides artists like myself the opportunity to be free to continue their passions, and it's important to show the officials we care about it.”
After a series of speeches from different rideshare supporters, Wanda from San Francisco took the podium to share her perspective as a Lyft passenger-turned-driver.
“When HQ first approached me about doing a speech, I thought no way, but after speaking to Emily Castor, I changed my mind," she said. "I knew I wasn’t going to be alone. My fellow drivers were going to be there supporting me, and Emily helped guide me in what to say. She supported me the whole way."
“I think ridesharing has a lot of challenges right now, and I really want to see it succeed," she continued. "I want it to be here two years from now, and I want to know I did my part.”
The scene was buzzing with excitement and energy, and many rally-goers stayed through the hearing, some even formally testifying to oppose the bill. We can’t say thanks enough to the drivers who brought their fighting spirit with them to the Capitol.
Stay on the lookout for an update from our Government Relations team with details about the outcome of the bill.