I want to share a concerning incident I had in a Lyft last night. My mom (who is visiting from out of town) and I were going to a nearby restaurant, about a ten minute drive. I did the standard license plate check to make sure it was the right car. Right away the driver started doing strange things. He braked really abruptly several times (in the middle of streets, not in traffic or at lights/signs) and was mumbling to himself. He also stopped in the middle of a street and then proceeded to drive super slowly down the street while cars were honking behind him. My mom and I were just chatting in the back about mundane things when he suddenly slammed on the brakes in the middle of Sherman Ave and jumped out of the car, opened the trunk, slammed the trunk down, opened my car door and started screaming at me “What are you doing!? Stop doing that! You know what you’re doing!” repeatedly. (more…)
Thanks to Mackenzie for passing on from Lyft:
“We’ve teamed up with eight of DC’s most popular bars to offer you exclusive access to curated drinks and discounted rides!
Enjoy a free speciality drink and 20% off your ride home from these participating locations, every Thursday night starting April 11: (more…)
from H Street, NE
Following is a letter sent to multiple government agencies:
“I am a DC Ward 4 Resident who is alarmed at the onslaught of Free2Move cars parked on Petworth’s streets. At Gallatin and 9th Sts. NW last night, there were Free2Move cars parked on every single corner of this intersection!
On my block, a Free2Move car (plate R-38355) has been parked for FIVE DAYS. Then another Free2Move car showed up last night on my block (plate R-38432).
Every. Single. Household. On. My. Block. Owns. At. Least. One. Car.
You know what that means? (more…)
12th and S Street, NW
Spotted this whip in Shaw. Anyone ever try Whip out?
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to a Fourth Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in the 1600 block of Irving Street, Northwest.
At approximately 1:15 am, the victim entered what she believed was a vehicle for hire in the 900 block of U Street Northwest. While inside of the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect inappropriately touched the victim in the 1600 block of Irving Street Northwest. The victim exited the vehicle and the suspect fled the scene.
The suspect’s vehicle is described as a white four door sedan.
Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.”
I had a recent Lyft experience where the driver was texting while driving. I politely asked the driver to stop, but he started texting again a few minutes later (while coming to a stop at a red light during rush hour traffic in Georgetown). During 2 previous situations similar to this, I have contacted Lyft and they have refunded my ride or given me a credit for the next ride. This time, however, they have told me they are unable to so and that they wouldn’t want to “monetize my safety”. (more…)
Jose Andres shares the good word from Uber:
“We will be offering free rides to/from the kitchen in DC and more cities soon! Thank you @Uber for joining @WCKitchen and #ChefsForFeds helping to feed our unpaid federal employees during this crisis!”
Also from LYFT:
“Lyft, whose mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and the United Way today announced the activation of Relief Rides in the DC area for those workers impacted by the ongoing government shutdown. Now through Feb. 2, impacted individuals can contact DC 2-1-1 for a ride code to get two free rides up to $10.* (more…)
From an email:
“We wanted to share the partnership between Lyft and Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) to ensure the DC community is not drinking and driving during the holidays. From now through January 1, 2019, DMV residents can get a free ride with Lyft (up to $15) between 8:00 pm and 4:00 am by visiting SoberRide.com.
“New Year’s Eve is a big night for both riders and drivers in DC. We encourage Lyft riders to ride smart and plan ahead for a responsible ride home when ringing in 2019 with friends and family,” said Steve Taylor, General Manager for Lyft Mid-Atlantic. “We’ll also be there all night to support drivers on the road who want to take advantage of this additional earning opportunity.”
Last year, DC came out on top and gave some of the most rides across the country on NYE. While top New Year’s Eve destinations in Washington, D.C. include places like MGM National Harbor, The Anthem, and the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Here are some other highlights from NYE 2017: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin
Now that we’ve tackled the elephant in the rideshare room…
Looking for the PoPvillers take on rating and tipping Uber/Lyft drivers.
I give a driver 5 stars unless something significant comes up — noticeably dirty car, clearly unsafe driving, etc. — and then always submit a comment on what I “dinged” the driver for. Those above issues equal 4 stars and only if there’s a serious safety/service issue (very rare) would I give 3 stars.
A coworker says his default rating is 4 stars and that only if the driver is exceptional — super personable/friendly, goes out of their way to be helpful (eg helping with luggage) etc — does he give 5 stars. A dirty car would get 3 stars. Unsafe driving would get 2, and “something egregious” (?) would get 1.
I call it rideshare reek. Let me apologize for being impolite but the last few times I’ve taken a Lyft, a serious issue has arisen. Arose? Stuck to me. I’m talking odor. So let’s talk odor. It’s not a bad odor. I simply end up reeking of perfume/cologne when I exit the car. And the smell sticks to you for hours. So a few questions. First, is this happening to others as well? Second, is the perfume/cologne used by drivers to mask smelly passengers? It feels like the height of awkward to mention it to the driver. Should I leave a comment in the app?
Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil
I really just want to make sure I’m not losing my mind – so is this happening to others too? If so, about how often does it happen.