83% of U.S. Adults Drive Frequently; Fewer Enjoy It a Lot (7-9-18)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 83% of U.S. adults drive a car at least several times a week
  • 34% enjoy driving “a great deal”; 44% “a moderate amount”
  • Men drive more regularly than women and enjoy it more

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly all U.S. adults regularly drive a car or other vehicle, with 83% reporting they do so personally at least several times a week. This includes 64% who say they drive every day and 19% who do so most days in a week. Six percent of Americans drive a few times a month, 4% rarely drive and 6% never do. The most frequent drivers are men, adults with household incomes of $90,000 per year or more, college graduates, suburbanites, parents of children under 18, and those between 30 and 49 years of age.

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Bus Startup Skedaddle Reportedly Held Acquisition Talks With Uber (7-6-18)

Courtesy of Skedaddle

While all eyes are on electric scooters, bus startups are quietly making moves.

Uber has been in discussions to acquire Skedaddle, a crowdsourced bus company, for more than a month, according to an Axios report.

Skedaddle first crossed my radar in January 2017 when the startup was set to transport more than 11,000 people to and from the Women’s March on Washington. At the time, CEO Adam Nestler said, “The alternative for many of the people in these communities is trying to figure out carpools or chartering buses on their own.”

Here’s how it works: To book a ride, a user logs into the Skedaddle app and puts in a route (i.e. New York City to D.C.) as well as a desired pickup location and time. As long as nine other people sign up for the same route ahead of the departure, the ride is booked.

At the time, I described Skeddadle as “the Uber Pool of buses, shuttles, and other large vehicles.” The startup’s goal is to make city-to-city travel easier for users and take advantage of the glut of charter vehicles that sit underused in parking lots most of the time, Nestler said in January.

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Lyft Acquires Capital Bikeshare Operator Motivate (7-2-18)

(Photo by Flickr user Tony Webster, used under a Creative Commons license)

Lyft is officially moving into bikeshare.

The company known for ridesharing announced the acquisition of Motivate, which operates Capital Bikeshare and services in multiple other cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Motivate’s name isn’t on many of the systems it operates, but the company said it provided 80 percent of bikeshare trips across the country in 2017.

“Introducing Lyft Bikes,” an announcement issued Monday by the company states.

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DC Lyft Drivers Ditch Window Stickers For Light Bars (6-29-18)

Lyft’s plan is to make it easier for riders to identify their ride, a feature that could be especially helpful outside of bars, restaurants or events where multiple people are waiting for their ride.

WASHINGTON — Lyft drivers in the Washington area can now use what Lyft calls the Lyft Amp, a dashboard mounted light bar with a “beaconing” feature that makes it easier for riders to spot their car.

The LED light bar reads “Lyft” on the front and changes colors to match the color displayed on the Lyft app the passenger who the driver is picking up is looking at.

The idea is to make it easier for riders to identify their ride — a feature that could be especially helpful outside of bars, restaurants or events where multiple people are waiting for their ride-hailing driver.

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Activities, Road Closures Abound During DC’s July 4 Celebration (6-25-18)

Fireworks explode over the Lincoln Memorial, left, Washington Monument, center, and U.S. Capitol, at the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, during the Fourth of July celebration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — The United States’ 242nd birthday brings fireworks, music and parades — which in turn bring crowds and road closures.

The National Park Service has announced the schedule for July 4 festivities around the National Mall and Capitol grounds. Events include:

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival: 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
    (National Mall, between 12th and 14th streets Northwest)
  • National Independence Day Parade: 11:45 a.m.–2 p.m.
    (Constitution Avenue Northwest from 7th to 17th streets Northwest)
  • A Capitol Fourth concert: 8–9:30 p.m.
    (U.S. Capitol West Lawn)
  • Fireworks display: 9:09–9:27 p.m.
    (Over the National Mall)

Note: Transit use is encouraged. The park service suggests using Metrorail stations other than Smithsonian or Federal Triangle, which typically have the most traffic on July 4. The National Mall area immediately outside the Smithsonian station is also closed due to a re-turfing project. 

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