Parking isn’t just a drain on drivers; it’s a drain on a city’s limited space. Tackling this challenge may require rethinking car ownership, strengthening mass-transit systems, and designing more efficient curbs.
Picture this: more people in fewer cars, and a more pleasant, more affordable alternative to a huge problem every city faces. The world’s dependence on personal cars has resulted in cities that focus on wider lanes and vast urban areas dedicated exclusively to parking. Ridesharing could help open up more space for city residents to live, play, and relax.
How can cities encourage shared mobility?
More cars can mean more parking spaces—and that can mean less space for housing, parks, and businesses. By getting more people in fewer cars, we could reduce congestion and might open up more spaces.
Helping cities reclaim public spaces
Planning the future of transportation
From encouraging alternative modes of transportation to sharing data with city planners, we’re looking forward to sharing our learnings to solve real-world problems.
Cincinnati Mobility Lab
A first-of-its-kind partnership between Uber and the city of Cincinnati, the Mobility Lab will conduct transit studies, analyze trip data to balance the needs of all users, host talks from renowned experts, and explore how new technology might deliver innovation that leads to benefits for everyone.
Understanding how curbs are used can help cities prepare for a future where more and more of us are getting around by bike, scooter, and ridesharing. We’re sharing our trip data with planners at the Washington, DC, Department of Transportation and Department of For-Hire Vehicles and researchers at SharedStreets to help address the growing demand for curb space and to help identify user needs while prioritizing public transportation.
From parking space to park
Park(ing) Day encourages urban dwellers to temporarily transform parking spaces into public parks, games, theaters, and more. Uber is proud to help reimagine our cities by transforming parking spaces all over the world.
Cars take up a lot of space
Did you know that the average car spends 95% of its life parked? And in many cities, a third of all land is dedicated to parking. To help free up some of that space, we’re partnering with organizations around the world to provide more affordable options and incentives for people to use their cars less.
Reinventing Parking, February 22, 2013
Partnering with housing developers
UK residential developer Moda Living partnered with us to construct apartments that swapped out parking spots for recreational spaces and incentivized residents to forgo private car ownership by giving tenants monthly credits for Uber services.
Commuting without personal cars
San Francisco’s Parkmerced community is encouraged to leave their cars behind and provided a $100 monthly stipend toward multimodal transportation, including Uber and public transit. To make car-free living even easier, residents can ride with UberPool to and from nearby public transit stations at a capped fare of $5.