The “best” neighborhood for nightlife in San Francisco is a long-debated topic. Where one hood may reign in awesome dive spots, another may rule in delicious cuisine, while a third may be rocking the cheapest drink specials in town. Still another may win for the evening if your desire is simply to dance the night away.
Well, this weekend is the time to choose your favorite hood once and for all! We’ll be pitting four of SF’s liveliest neighborhoods against each other in a race to see which has the most going on, and the winning neighborhood will receive free SideCar rides home for everyone out in that hood!
- The Hoods: Polk Street, SOMA, the Mission, and the Marina
- This Friday and Saturday, we’ll track each neighborhood to see which had the most SideCar drop offs. The more rides you take (and encourage friends to take) to your hood of choice, the more likely your ride home will be free!
- At midnight each night, we’ll tally up the numbers and announce which neighborhood received the most inbound rides for the day
- From midnight to 4am, SideCar Riders will be able to take a free SideCar ride home from the winning neighborhood!
- Friday and Saturday will run as separate contests, so prepare for revenge on day two!
Riders will be notified via the app when the winning neighborhood is announced, but you can also follow along on Twitter (@SideCarSF) to keep track of which neighborhood is in the lead.
Even if your neighborhood doesn’t win, don’t worry! We’ll be running this contest again with other legendary SF neighborhoods and perhaps even in our other cities. (And feel free to let us know on Twitter or Facebook which ones you’d like us to include next time!)
Legal Mumbo Jumbo: The winning neighborhood will be the one with the most inbound SideCar rides completed between the hours of 12:01am and 11:59pm on Friday, 4/19/13 or Saturday, 4/20/13. The neighborhoods competing include Polk Street, SOMA, the Mission, and the Marina districts in the city of San Francisco as defined by their respective zip codes. (In Pollk Street, that will include the Polk strip through Russian Hill, Nob Hill, and some of the Tenderloin.) The winning neighborhood during that time period will be announced at 12:00am, and SideCar riders in the area will qualify for one free SideCar ride home from the winning neighborhood (up to $15 value). Pickup pin must be placed within the winning neighborhood to claim offer. This offer is good for four hours and will expire at 4:00am the morning on Saturday for Friday’s competition, and on Sunday for Saturday’s competition.
In March we received a cease and desist letter from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) that cites SideCar and its drivers for operating illegally and without a permit at the airport. SideCar is 100% legal and we’ve responded with a letter clarifying what we do.
SideCar is a technology platform that enables peer-to-peer ridesharing. Our smartphone app matches people for shared rides. We’re not a taxi service – we don’t dispatch drivers to pick up or drop off passengers in any location, including SFO. SideCar drivers are regular, everyday people willing to give rides to people who need them. People pay what they want and drivers choose when they drive and where they go.
SideCar leads the movement to build a transportation sharing economy that results in a cleaner, greener and a more socially connected community. As the instant rideshare leader we’ve become a target for regulators who don’t understand what we do and are threatened by a disruptive technology that has the potential to reinvent transportation.
We’ve received letters to cease and desist in Philadelphia, Austin and California. Our driver community was a target of a sting operation in Philadelphia. We’ve sued the city of Austin for the right to continue rideshare there – a position we’re prepared to defend in court April 10. In California, we’re actively engaged with the California Public Utilities Commission to modify existing transportation regulations to accommodate smartphone app companies like SideCar.
We’re spent more than half a million dollars and countless hours defending our position to regulators and it’s a distraction. Big transportation problems face our nation. Rideshare is a great solution. SideCar has the potential to transform and offer a fundamentally different model for addressing critical environmental, economic and quality of life issues across our nation. We believe the right to share resources is an important principal for the entire sharing economy so we’re pushing on. We’re going to defend the right to share resources to regulators, in court, to SFO and anyone else who stands in the path of innovation.
CFO, SideCar Technologies, Inc.
Good morning Boston, Chicago and Brooklyn – say hello to your new ride! Tonight SideCar rolls into town giving you a more affordable, greener, fun and all around better way to get around town. Beginning this weekend, SideCar is available every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm until 3am.
Love SideCar? Help us spread the word. Tell your friends to download the app and use the promo code “FRIENDS” for $10 off their first ride.
Drivers love SideCar because it’s a great way to explore their own city, meet interesting people and earn some extra cash. Want to give rides? Sign up at www.side.cr/drive.
SideCar is a smartphone app that matches regular, everyday drivers in their own car with people nearby who need a ride. Think of us as matchmakers for the perfect ride – right when you want it, good for the economy, good for your wallet, good for the environment and fun!
We’ve matched more than 100,000 shared rides in San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Come roll with us this weekend and find out why we’re on our way to becoming the #1 way to get around town.
The SideCar Team
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This morning SideCar filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin. We don’t think ridesharing is in violation of Austin’s Transportation Code and we’ve asked the court to decide so we can bring the benefits of rideshare to the citizens of Austin.
The future of rideshare in Austin is at stake. Help us #defendsharing and sign our petition on Change.org.
SideCar v. The City of Austin, Texas
We believe the Austin Transportation Department has misinterpreted its City Code and that rideshare is legal and protected under Austin transportation law. We’re going to defend this in court because:
- SideCar is not a transportation service. SideCar is a technology platform that enables peer-to-peer ridesharing.
- The City Code regulates “chauffeured vehicles”. We don’t own or operate vehicles, dispatch drivers or mandate shifts.
- The City Code regulates “chauffeured vehicles” for a fee. Members of the SideCar rideshare community pay what they want and it’s voluntary.
- SideCar is protected under federal law.
If the City of Austin moves forward with impounding the vehicles of our rideshare community, we think they’re the ones breaking the law.
This lawsuit is bigger than Austin, Texas. What happens here matters for the entire sharing economy. Sharing resources is not a crime – it’s a solution for a better and more sustainable way of life. Rideshare is good for Austin and we’re going to defend this position in Austin City Court.
Keep updated on SideCar in Austin, follow us on Twitter: @sidecarATX
Ride On Austin!
SideCar Technologies, Inc.
Last week, Austin City Council passed a law that would make sharing a ride in exchange for cash a punishable crime. This ordinance should not apply to SideCar. SideCar is legal and people who use SideCar’s app to share rides are not acting illegally. Sharing resources is not a crime and we’re prepared to defend this position.
Thousands of you agree. Please join us and sign our petition to support ridesharing in Austin on Change.org
We’ve reached out to city officials to get assurance people who use the SideCar app to share a ride for cash will not be cited or have their cars impounded. We’re still waiting to hear back. But SXSW can’t wait!
Say Hello to Your Ride #SXSideCar
SXSW – rides are on us! We’ve made a commitment to help you get around town and we’re keeping it. Every SideCar ride beginning today and ending March 17 is FREE. We’ll have more than 100 cars on the road ready to take you where you want to go. Take a ride, tell your friends and send a message to Austin City Council – Austin loves SideCar and SideCar is good for Austin.
Keep updated on SideCar in Austin, follow us on Twitter: @sidecarATX
Ride On Austin!!
We want you to experience the joy of rides matched through SideCar without having to constantly check your rear view mirror for overzealous regulators who don’t get what we do. SideCar is a safe, affordable and fun way to get around – 80% of people who try SideCar, try it again. Give us a shot for free and see for yourself!
In return, please help spread the word so we can bring SideCar to the innovative, forward-looking citizens of Austin and Philadelphia.
Please sign our Change.org petition and share it with your friends.
We’ve met with city officials in both cities. They’ve assured us they will not fine or impound vehicles if rides are free under our new brand ambassador program. Riders are not, and have never been, at risk for prosecution whether they make a donation or not.
SideCar operates in Austin and Philadelphia on Friday and Saturdays nights from 5PM – 3AM.
Ride on Austin and Philly!
Justin Schmidt, Austin City Manager
Steve Harrell, Philadelphia City Manager
It’s Jahan, for everyone here on the Product team. I just wanted to make an announcement here about our newest feature, an intelligent demand heat-map for iPhone in San Francisco (Android coming soon). We know our driver community has been asking for a way to understand where passengers are likely to be hanging out and needing rides. We believe that our latest attempt goes a long way to allowing all of you to figure this out. Here’s how it works:
Our servers are constantly collecting information about when and where people open the app, and when and where people historically order rides. Additionally, we also know where all other available cars are, as well as where drivers that are on rides are headed (ahh destination ).
We take all of that data, put it through our top secret set of learning algorithms and filters (courtesy of Rob, our resident mathematical genius), and generate a personalized recommendation for where you should head to be closest to passengers that need rides. So when you’re out using the map, just remember that everyone sees something different depending on where they are.
Please everyone, give it a try this weekend, and give us feedback, we’re excited to see how it works for all of you.
Co-Founder, CTO @sidecar
Cars in Philadelphia and Austin are at risk of being impounded for sharing.
If you believe in the sharing economy the time has come to lend your voice. Please sign our petition to support the right to share resources in Philadelphia, Austin and elsewhere.
Please sign our Change.org petition.
Yesterday we received a cease and desist letter from The Austin Transportation Department that alleges SideCar is violating city code by operating as an illegal taxi company. We also learned recently that the Austin City Council will vote tomorrow on a law that would make it a crime to share gas money for a carpool. This law will allow local taxi regulators to file criminal charges and impound the vehicles of anyone who shares a ride and exchanges compensation of any kind.
We firmly disagree with The Austin Transportation Department’s contention that SideCar is an illegal taxi service or that people who use SideCar (or carpools for that matter) to get matched for a shared ride are criminals. Here are copies of the memo and letter we submitted addressing Austin’s City Transportation Code. SideCar will continue to operate in Austin as scheduled.
SideCar is not a taxi company. SideCar is a smartphone app that instantly matches people for peer-to-peer ridesharing. SideCar drivers are regular, everyday people willing to give rides to people who need them. People pay what they want and drivers choose when they drive, how often they drive and where they go. Drivers love SideCar because it helps them pay the costs associated with having a car.
We’ve had a busy week. Last weekend SideCar was the target of an orchestrated sting operation conducted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), which regulates taxis.
SideCar leads a movement to build a transportation sharing economy that results in a cleaner, greener and a more socially connected community. We believe that having the right to offer a technology platform that enables the sharing of resources is an important principle for the entire sharing economy.
Innovation is under attack. Innovators have always faced opposition from traditionalists who are threatened by new ways of thinking. Battles may ensue but in the end innovation will win.
Transportation is too important to close the door on innovation. We created SideCar because we have a vision to leverage technology to empower communities to solve their own transportation problems. We have a vision for transportation that is more affordable, sustainable and fun. Ridesharing isn’t a commercial transaction – it’s the community pulling together to fix transportation. The question is will the community stand up for what is right and not let the buddies of taxi companies run the show?
Innovation will not happen if government regulators are in charge. Imagine this: What if “meter maids” ran Twitter?
Politicians care about how their city is viewed by the rest of the world. With enough signatures and calls, they will take action to give sharing a chance.
1) Please sign our Change.org petition.
2) Email Mayor Lee Leffingwell or call his office at (512) 974-2250.
Leave a polite, but firm message that you support the sharing economy and to please give innovation a chance to flourish in your city.
Please share this blog post on Twitter and Facebook:
Do you believe in sharing? We need your voice: http://chn.ge/YAQYag #defendsharing
Thank you and
SideCar Technologies, Inc.
SideCar’s mission is to make transportation safer, sustainable, fun and better for our communities. We’re surprised and disappointed to tell you that the defenders of the status quo aren’t quite on board yet in Philadelphia.
On Saturday, SideCar was the target of an orchestrated sting operation conducted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), which regulates taxis. Three everyday drivers in our community were given hefty citations and had their cars impounded, leaving them alone in the dark and cold in need of a ride home. The citations wrongly assert that SideCar and its community of drivers and riders is an “unauthorized service provider.” SideCar is a technology platform that enables peer-to-peer ridesharing. Our smartphone app instantly matches people who need a ride with regular, everyday drivers who are willing to give them one. With SideCar, payment is voluntary and you pay what you want. SideCar is safe. We run more checks on our drivers than taxi or limo services. Plus, all matched rides are recorded and GPS tracked for safety.
Transportation is too important to blindly close the door on innovation. The actions on Saturday night will not distract us from our important mission to revolutionize a transportation model that hasn’t innovated in almost half a century.
SideCar chose Philadelphia as its first East Coast city because of its reputation as a center of innovation and its forward-looking government. We remain confident these characteristics of this great city will prevail over the defenders of entrenched interests threatened by progress and the unknown.
The success of the emerging sharing economy depends on the ability to share resources with others using technology. SideCar is a leader in this new space. In less than one year we’ve become the largest instant rideshare community in the U.S., matching more than 100,000 rides. We understand that the sharing economy is new to regulators and that some will misunderstand the model or perceive it as a threat to the companies they regulate. As we sort things out with regulators, SideCar will continue to operate in Philadelphia so its citizens can continue to experience the benefits and joys of rideshare.
We look forward to continuing and expanding our conversations with city and civic leaders.
CEO, SideCar Technologies, Inc.
Getting around Austin, Philadelphia and Los Angeles is getting sweeter this weekend. Beginning at 5pm Friday, SideCar will be available in these cities every weekend until 3am. You can catch a SideCar ride in West LA, Santa Monica, Venice and Culver City for now and we’ll expand to the rest of LA soon. Downtown Austin and Philadelphia, we’ve got you covered. Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington DC, you’re next!
Tell your friends to download the app and use the promo code “FRIENDS” for $10 off their first ride.
Want to give rides? Sign up at www.side.cr/drive.
SideCar is a smartphone app that matches regular drivers in their own car with people nearby who need a ride. Think of us as matchmakers for the perfect ride – right when you want it, good for the economy, good for your wallet, good for the environment and fun! We’re committed to empowering YOU to help solve the transportation problems that plague our cities. SideCar is taking true rideshare, and all the benefits it brings, nationwide.
The SideCar Team