Vancouver finally had its first weekend with ride-hailing after both Uber and Lyft were given the go-ahead from the City of Vancouver on January 24 and just like that many Vancouverites’ favourite thing to do over the weekend was to open the Uber app on their smartphone to see if there are any white cars on the map.
When we first heard about Uber a decade ago, we were all taken away by how brilliant the idea was - it was more than just a super friendly alternative to taxis, it opened up the opportunity for people to make more money just by driving their own cars. With the cost of living so expensive in all major metropolitan cities, everything is about making extra money, and Uber is not shy about sharing these success stories on its website. There's Janelle's story, and then there’s Ted's, Sandra's and Murilo's story. Ordinary people just like me and you, who has a need for extra cash and want something flexible, and their stories inspire us to wonder would the people be weird? Is it safe? What's it really like? Would I make a profit? Would it be worth it?