Uber Connects Ottawa
On October 1, 2014, we officially launched uberX in Ottawa. Now that we’re heading into our fifth month of operations, we thought we’d take a moment to look at how Ottawans have been Ubering around the city.
We know that ridesharing is already having a significant impact across North America by providing people with smarter, easier alternatives to getting behind the wheel and Ottawa is certainly no exception. This year, for example, the Ontario Provincial Police came away without a single arrest during the first two weeks of their annual holiday anti-drunk driving highway blitz.
Since October, Uber Ottawa has facilitated thousands of weekend night trips from Downtown Ottawa to the surrounding areas. Between 8PM and 5AM on weekends, almost 50% of trips begin or end in the Byward Market and Elgin Street area. This shows us that people in Ottawa know how to enjoy the nightlife and are turning to a safe, reliable ride at the end of the evening.
80% of Ottawa’s population does not live within easy walking distance of bus stops served between 2AM and 4AM*. What this means is that we are making safe, reliable and affordable transportation options available to more people in parts of the city where they may not have had easy access before.
While we’ve still got a lot of work to do, we’re making progress together toward the goal of reliable rides and safe roads for everyone. The Uber app was created to make sure people could get rides when and where they need them, no matter what. Based on the data we’ve seen so far, we’re making significant headway on that front in Ottawa and around the world.
*Source: 2011 Canada Census
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.
A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–
This flu season, we’re delivering free flu-fighting care packages across the country. When you receive a pack, you’ll have the option to request a free flu shot from a registered nurse–for up to 5 people.