Hello Calgary! FREE Uber in Cowtown!

Between Halloween and the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Convention, thousands of Calgarians and visitors will be out and about with friends and family this week, and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce ourselves to C-Town and offer people a safe, stylish, and convenient way to get around during a busy time.

We wanted our “Rider Zero” — the first person in Calgary to request an Uber — to be someone with deep roots in the community and that’s why we recruited entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former “Dragons’ Den” panelist W. Brett Wilson to take the inaugural Uber trip.

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For Uber’s maiden voyage here, Wilson popped open the app on a chilly October morning and requested his ride. Minutes later, he was picked up by Richard in a Cadillac Escalade at his office in Lower Mount Royal and was ready to roll to his next meeting.

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We think Calgary is a great place for Uber, but antiquated regulations are keeping you from getting an affordable and reliable ride. Local laws require towncars to charge a minimum of almost $80, whether your ride is five or fifty minutes.

We’re not down to charge an arm and a leg, so from 5 p.m. today through midday Sunday, any Uber rider who makes a $5 donation to the Calgary Foundation through the app will receive their ride absolutely FREE – no fares and no fees. We’re proud to support the foundation’s work on a range of initiatives that are helping to make Calgary an even more liveable city.

Get ready to roll with Uber:

Download the free app for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry7, set up your account and request a high-end ride on-demand for FREE!

Not using a smartphone? Sign up HERE. Then, to request a ride, simply text your pickup address and city to 827-222 and follow the SMS prompts.

Want to keep up with our efforts to bring Uber to Calgary or provide our team with feedback? You can find us at @Uber_Calgary.

Happy Riding!

The Uber Calgary Team

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