Uber and Lyft have fundamentally changed the way people travel through cities. This cannot be disputed. But there is also no detour with the ugly external effects of app-based ride hailing: hundreds of thousands of low-paid drivers at the mercy of an indifferent algorithm, female passengers subjected to sexual assault and rape, cities clogged with traffic congestion, public transport systems struggling to cope to maintain rivalry.
It can shock you, but you don't have to use Uber or Lyft. The apps have become so ubiquitous, especially for people who live in cities or travel to cities, that the idea of traveling around sounds frightening or even impossible. But I can assure you that there are better, more ethical transport methods.
It will not be easy. You cannot deny the enormous ease of Uber and Lyft. It is how both companies managed to make their way into so much of our lives and become colossal billions of dollars in the process. But it can be done, and I am here to show you how.
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- Open the app and tap the menu icon at the top left
- Select "Settings" and then "Privacy settings"
- At the bottom you see "Delete account" in red text. Tap on that and verify your password.
Uber is currently making a final call to let you stay, with statistics such as your driver classification and the number of cities where you used Uber. Ignore their pleas.
If you decide on & # 39; Continue & # 39; clicking, the process does not end here. Your account will be deactivated immediately, but Uber says that your data will be saved for 30 days before it is permanently deleted. If you change your mind, you can restore your account by downloading the app again. There is also this ominous nugget to consider: "Uber may retain certain information after the account has been deleted as required or permitted by law." More about that later.
Deleting your Lyft account is more of a hassle than deleting Uber. You cannot do it via the app, only on the internet. The link is buried in Lyft's terms of service under the heading & # 39; Delete your account & # 39 ;. But you can skip that step and go directly to the Lyft privacy page to get started.
- Scroll down to the Frequently Asked Questions section and select "How can I delete my information?" and click on the link in the text. Next you go to another page where you have to verify your telephone number and e-mail address.
- Finally you arrive at a page with the title & # 39; Download or remove your info & # 39 ;. Tap "Start", select your reason for deletion from a drop-down menu and type the word "Delete" in a text box. Then, and only then, will Lyft permanently delete your account.
It is an absurd number of hoops to jump through, but the company has no real incentive to make it easy for you. The more complicated it is, the less likely you are to go through the process. But if you are committed, you can get through it. I believe in you!
Okay, you did it. You have deleted your Uber and Lyft apps. What now? Well, you have to find a new way to explore the city. Here are some useful options:
- Public transportation: trains and buses remain, in my opinion, one of the best ways to see your city. They can be unreliable, dirty and not take you door to door, but you can't beat the prize and the people watching. Moreover, public transport is the best way to reduce your ecological footprint.
- Taxi & # 39; s: the taxi industry has had a beating over the years, but sometimes the easiest way to take a ride is to stand on the corner and raise your arm. Many taxi companies also have apps and some work just as well as Uber and Lyft. Curb, Arro and GetYellow are some of the more popular ones. The best part? No peak prices.
- Other services for sharing rides: Uber and Lyft are not the only game in the city. Other apps such as Via, Wingz, Gett and the recently introduced (and only New York City) Myles are decent enough alternatives – although just because they are smaller does not mean that they are more ethical or environmentally friendly than the two major apps.
- Car services: many neighborhoods have local car services that residents have been using for generations (and who have difficulty staying ahead of Uber and Lyft). If you are not staying in a tourist area, are with friends, or have just moved to a new area, ask around to see if there are local car services. The quality of these services can vary, but if you can get a recommendation, they are a good alternative.
- Micromobility: services for sharing bicycles and scooters have exploded across the country in recent years. Scooters in particular have become a fast and fun way to get around. Of course, some are owned by Uber (Jump) and Lyft (Citi Bike), but they have their own apps and can be used easily without having to keep the big apps. Approximately 50 percent of Uber and Lyft journeys in cities are less than two miles, which is the ideal place for a bicycle or scooter trip.
- Walking: an absolute classic. 10/10 would recommend.
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