I just came across an article
that suggests that Uber will eventually mean the end of car ownership. It suggests that the amount of money that people spend on cars is out of proportion with the time people spend actually driving them, and that Uber could make taxis so inexpensive that people could stop owning cars altogether.
What does that mean for bikers and bike infrastructure? I really like the idea of car ownership becoming a thing of the past. But Uber-ing everywhere doesn’t necessarily translate to improved bike infrastructure or improved public transit.
However, if people don’t own cars and aren’t dependent on their own cars, then they will be more likely to bike or take public transit if they decide not to hop into an Uber car. Technologies like Uber are the catalyst for a big changes that could easily spill over into bigger changes that have a positive impact on cyclists like us.
Of course, this is all 20 years away. And who knows how it will all turn out. But we can dream, can’t we?