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Are Uber drivers threatened by those dockless bicycles? UberBIKEs, Jump

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DaimsLer
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 Posted 1 year, 3 months ago

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I am starting to see them all over the place, and I hear there is already a fierce competition in the US market.   They are dockless, they lock and unlock themselves, they are equipped with GPS and are distributed across the cities, carefully placed in places they are needed.

The funny thing?  So many of these rental bikes are in the same cities together.  I am loving the turf war.  They are always bright colors too.  

So my question to the drivers.  Are you threatened by this?  Bikes are for shorter trips, I get it.  Will this affect the UberX and Lyft drivers?

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    AsStibelDude
    624 Driver
     1 year ago

    I LOVE IT.  Do you know why?  We HATE short trips anyways.  Those 1/4 ~ 1/2 mile trips are deadly to us drivers, where I am pretty sure we are losing money off of them.  Remember, we drive more than that to come pick you up, so we have our overhead/expenses to just get to you, and then we drive you for minimum fee.  

    If people start taking these bicycles or electric scooters or whatever, they'll cut down on those wasted trips.  So we WELCOME it. 

    It's a win-win. Save the environment too. Everyone's happy.

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      SyedAli
      235 Driver
       1 year ago

      I was thinking the same thing.  I was in the camp of thinking this will be disruptive, but if it'll get me out of super short trips and super lazy people, I am all for it.  

      Give me those cross town trips!

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    TonyAlmeida
    1133 Rider
     1 year ago

    In NYC, an average taxi trip is 2.6 miles.  If you can ride your bike at 10mph, I can do 2.6 miles in 15 minutes.

    So, if these bikes become rampant in NYC, they can surely eat into the place of UberXs, right?  Just do the math.

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    ChrisNorway1
    56
     1 year ago

    I dunno im threatened.  how much is this service/  I downloaded the app but i dont care enough to create an account.

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    StuffinMuffin
    828 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    No, I am a driver, and it doesn't scare me. I feel as though this is completely a separate audience.  These are the people who wanted to walk but decided to ride a bike.  These aren't the people who are hopping on cars.

    Uber users go much farther, often in groups, and they want to get there faster.  It's comparing apples and oranges.

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      ThomBrady
      121
       1 year ago

      Plus these bicycles won't magically appear at your location.  You have to go hunt them down.  (but I assume you can see their location on GPS.)

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    FuegoJuno
    125
     1 year ago

    Oh, dude.  Don't get me started.  In San Diego, there must be 10 of them competing, and some are city provided.  It's getting ridiculous.  Soon, we will have their staff (those who carry the bikes to places) start vandalizing and yelling at each other on the streets.

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    WWBlueStuff
    263 Driver
     1 year ago

    Oh, man.  I wasn't threatened by them until I saw this post. Thanks!

    I will not blame these bicycle companies, but I guess now that Uber will start offering it, I feel a bit slated.  Yes, that will be a direct competition.

    I mean, this Bike option will be inside the Uber App, right?  Eventually?

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    bBerman81
    267 Rider
     1 year ago

    You forgot Jump and Bird.

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      SmittenKitten
      1975 Rider
       1 year ago

      They are slightly different though.  Those are electric scooters.  Dockless, GPS-enabled and all that, but they are powered.