If you know me or follow my blog, you know about my love of ride sharing services Lyft and Uber. The Pennsylvania State Legislature missed its September 30, 2016 deadline to re-authorize ride sharing in Philadelphia, and on January 29, 2017 authorization in the rest of the state will expire. If state lawmakers don’t pass permanent ride sharing legislation, the future of ride sharing in Pennsylvania will have an uncertain future.
The loss of these services will greatly impact me personally due to my reliance on them. Ride sharing is what allows me to be independent and without the freedom ride sharing provides, my life would be much more difficult. I am fortunate enough to live in an area that offers these services so trips to places like the DMV, doctors' offices, post office and bank are not the stress inducing events that timing buses and chasing after missed stops would be. Similar trips in taxis are almost triple the price, and the levels of acceptable customer service and safety are all but non-existent.
Ride sharing allows me the ability to do things on my own and not have to rely on the people who are kind enough to offer their time and energy to shuffle me around to different appointments. Having these people in my life is great, but when you have to rely on other people to get things done, it can put a strain on those relationships. Services like Uber and Lyft dissolve that reliance on the people I care about, boosts my self-reliance and allows those relationships to grow without putting indirect responsibility on the people around me.
I'm a fan of the sharing economy. I see it as a way to level the playing field in which Person A has something they can offer Person B, and Person B can compensate Person A in a way they both find agreeable. If Person A doesn't want to participate, they don't, and there is no love lost, because there's always someone else willing to fill that spot.
Even if you're not a resident of Pennsylvania, the sharing economy has opportunities for those with something to offer, and those who have needs, disabled or not. The future is one where we all work together to help each other. I urge you to sign Uber's petition by clicking this link to keep ride sharing legal here in Philadelphia, by doing so, ride sharing companies can continue to serve the communities they are in and encourage more participation in these emerging economies