Well, damn. The notorious Uber knows how to gain allies in a fight against the hypocrites of the City Council and the biggest hypocrite of them all, our Mayor.
A proposal before City Council that would place a one-year freeze on for-hire vehicle licenses is being opposed as a civil rights issue by groups such as the N.A.A.C.P. and the National Urban League.
As president of the New York Urban League, Arva Rice often relies on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft to reach her home in Harlem after late-night events.
“I have been passed up by yellow taxis on numerous occasions,” explained Ms. Rice, who is black. “When you live in Harlem or Bed-Stuy, getting home is harder than it should be.”
Notice how using the mass transit system doesn’t even occur to her?
That is what we’re dealing with, with the bastards in power who are holding up eScooter rentals in NYC! The rest of us can go to hell and deal with mass transit — but it’s not good enough for them!
And wait! More smug hypocrisy ahead!
There are more than 100,000 for-hire vehicles in New York City, up from 63,000 in 2015, according to the city. More than 80,000 of them are associated with ride-hailing apps.
The increase has led to congestion on city streets, according to a 2017 report, and contributed to the troubles of the yellow cab industry. The value of a yellow cab medallion — which is required to operate a taxi — has fallen precipitously since 2014, when the city last held a medallion auction. That year, one was selling for $900,000 to $1 million, according to data from the Taxi and Limousine Commission. In June, prices ranged from $165,000 to $700,000.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
What’s the length of those taxi and ride-hail service rides? How many of them could be replaced by an eScooter rental?
Remember this, from the documentary Bikes vs Cars:
Always, always keep that statistic in mind.
Aha! The graft is finally revealed!
Mr. Sharpton and Ms. Rice say their nonprofits have received donations from for-hire companies such as Uber and Lyft. The taxi industry has donated money to the campaigns of Mr. de Blasio and members of the City Council, including Rubén Díaz Sr., chairman of the Committee on For-Hire Vehicles.
And all of you thought I was engaging in sarcasm or just being a Cynic when I talked about graft running this city? It’s the damned truth of things! And this is just the open graft. Donald Manes is gone, but his ethos isn’t!
“It’s a racial issue,” Mr. Green said. “The people that champion the crusade against Uber do not have a problem hailing yellow cabs.”
Hello, Spin, Lime, and Bird. Do you get that? It’s the same tactic that should be used to break down the wall barring eScooter rentals. That’s how Jump and Lime bikes got in my Hood — CitiBike wouldn’t touch this area. Those guys would.
Push back at the smug bastards who condemn the rest of us to the mass transit they themselves will not even consider taking!
Bring your eScooters to places like my Hood. Let people try them. Make it an event. I don’t give a damn if you say, “The White Man won’t let you have these” and almost start an uprising by doing so. Get your eScooters in this city!