Uber and Lyft increase traffic instead of decreasing traffic

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   10/17/2017 11:33:00 PM
Uber and Lyft increase traffic instead of decreasing traffic
Uber and Lyft increase traffic instead of decreasing traffic
The Planetizen website has echoed an interesting study on mobility platforms such as Uber and Lyft. Data compiled from researchers at the University of California and UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies have collected data from major cities throughout the United States and the impact of these types of companies on travel decisions.

One of the conclusions that has been reached is that these platforms, instead of contributing to improve the flow of traffic, make it worse. In addition, it has been found that a large part of travelers replace walking, public transport or cycling for the use of these services.

More Uber and Lyft in the cities and less in the outskirts

The growing escalation of shared transport platforms is changing our habits. We have already seen a study that determined that we will buy fewer cars in areas where Uber or Lyft is present and another that reflects Uber's effect on US taxi drivers.

What statistics are trying to reveal is the extent to which these platforms are promoting changes in the choice of mode of transport and infrastructure. The study, entitled 'Disruptive Transportation: The Adoption, Utilization, and Impacts of Ride-Hailing in the United States', reveals that journeys at Uber and Lyft are replacing other forms of transportation such as public, .

Among the more curious data is that 29% of people living in urban centers have adopted these platforms as a regular form of transport, while only 7% of what the periphery live has done. It also reveals that these services take Americans away from bus (-6%) and trams (3%).

This causes an increase of vehicles of lower occupancy in the metropolitan areas. The study refers to a misconception that the solution to solve the growing problems of transportation is the sharing of vehicles. He emphasized that it is necessary to invest in pedestrian and bicycle streets, in public transport and in providing incentives for the use of shared vehicles.

The oldest commercial models of carsharing have attracted only two million members in North America and nearly five million worldwide in about 15 years. By contrast, it is estimated that the latest model of "shared mobility" (eg, Uber, Lyft, Didi) has grown in more than 250 million users globally within its first five years of existence.

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