Before Uber and Lyft came around I would do pretty much anything to avoid taking a taxi. My friends and I would walk to the bars, bike to the bars, hitch rides with our parents, etc. Basically we tried to avoid taxis at all costs and on those rare occasions when we did have to take a cab, I’d say there was a 50/50 chance of something going horribly wrong. Most of the time it was us realizing we didn’t have any cash, taking too long to get into the cab and getting yelled at or the driver taking us on some circuitous route to get to our destination.
But there weren’t a whole lot of options back then and by back then, I mean just a few years ago. Especially living in a place like Southern California with very little public transportation, you either walked, took a cab or stayed at home and sat on your ass. I actually remember the first time I tried Car2go in San Diego a couple years ago and it was freaking awesome. I now had a cheap one way solution to get to the bars or meet up with friends and I would only have to pay a taxi for one way. Take that taxi companies.
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Beginnings of Lyft and UberX
I first heard about Uber from my friends who were using it all the time up in Los Angeles. They were kind of fancy pants so they liked taking black cars and things like that, I was way too cheap for that but then Lyft popped up and later on UberX. I heard about Lyft early on and once it took off in San Diego I started taking it everywhere. [Read more…]