How Uber ups city traffic
Ride-hailing services put more traffic on city streets and are no complement at all to public transport services. The likes of Uber and Lyft slot an average 2.8 new vehicle-miles on the road for every mile of personal driving they reduce, ie they lead to a 180% increase in driving in cities, according to a new report, The New Automobility: Lyft, Uber and the Future of American Cities, from Schaller Consulting.
The report points to added mileage between ride-hailing trips as drivers wait for the next dispatch and then head to a pick-up location. And even in a shared ride, some of the trip will involve just one passenger, eg between the first and second pick-up.
Schaller finds that a majority – around 60% – of ride-hailing users in large, dense cities would have taken public transportation, walked, biked or not made the trip if Uber et al had not been available for the trip, while 40% would have used their own car or a taxi.