Last weekend I headed up to San Francisco to celebrate my bachelor party with 17 of my closest friends. The weekend also happened to coincide with Bay to Breakers so needless to say it was a pretty fun time. I don’t remember much but since none of us were able to drive, we spent the entire weekend taking Ubers and Lyfts around the city. I talked to pretty much all of our drivers and they were some of the nicest and happiest people I’ve ever met. It probably has something to do with the fact that San Francisco is one of the best cities in the world to be a rideshare driver.
Since the three major rideshare companies originated there (Lyft, Uber & Sidecar) and there are less people with cars than in other cities like Los Angeles or Orange County where I drive, it’s pretty much a rideshare driver’s heaven. I talked to one Uber driver who told me he quit his 95k a year software engineering job a year and a half ago to drive full time. And a lot of the drivers I talked to said that they actually drove for Lyft, Uber and Sidecar – the trifecta!
I’d heard of Sidecar before but never taken a ride since it’s not nearly as popular down here as it is in SF. While we were there, we didn’t actually take a Sidecar but a lot of the Uber and Lyft drivers we rode with had great things to say about the company. [Read more…]