UBER: Unlocking Cities Together

Gazing at old pictures of the more desirable old Manila, I can't help but feel nostalgic... (cue music Manila, Manila, I keep coming back to Manila)

Now, it's a far cry from what it once was and EDSA has turned into a virtual parking lot. 😣 We've all been there. Stuck in a jam. Desperately looking for parking. Frustrated, hungry and late for a meeting. Yesterday, I spent almost 3 hours being stuck in traffic. I could've finished 2 episodes of Games of Thrones with that amount of time wasted.

But hey, there's always hope... .

Today, the average Manila driver spends 23 days in traffic and looking for parking. That's time better spent on vacation! And that's the same as wasting one weekend a month!

There are over 2,300,000 vehicles in Manila. Our city is designed for this many cars. Manila would need a lot of parking twice the size of Makati to serve all its cars. There are 75% more vehicles on the road during rush hour. So much congestion during peak hours!

It's costly, too! Manila drivers spend almost Php1000000 looking for parking and sitting in traffic every year.

Watch what happens when boxes overflow a city to the point of hilarity. Imagine if they were cars...

Do we really need that many cars? Seriously. We all need a world where more people ride together. The question is, how do we get there?

Uber is playing a role by providing affordable and reliable alternatives to car ownership to unlock cities.

Studies show that if more people share fewer cars, we can make space for smoother journeys. This means less time wasted in traffic and more time for what really matters. Ridesharing services can substitute car ownership.

If the situation in Asia’s cities continues like this, they risk coming to a complete standstill in only a few years. Ride sharing can be an important complement to public transport and private cars when reducing congestions as well as freeing up city space today used for parking spots. By putting more people into fewer cars, we can unlock our cities and their full potential. But it requires that we all work together”, said Brooks Entwistle, Chief Business Officer, Asia Pacific at Uber.

Uber also commissioned the Boston Consulting Group to assess the potential benefits that ride sharing may bring to Asian cities.

It is estimated that between 40 to 70 percent of private vehicles on the road today could be removed if ridesharing becomes a viable substitute for private vehicle ownership. In Manila, this means approximately 4 million cars can be taken off the road.

Uber is highlighting the absurdity of the traffic situation in its latest video, entitled “Boxes.” Using cardboard boxes to represent cars, the film humorously shows the reality of modern-day traffic jams and ends with images of a city being overrun by boxes.  Shot on the streets of Bangkok with around 200 extras, the film’s soundtrack is ”Bare Necessities” from the 1967 Disney film ”The Jungle Book”.

So let's ride together and create cities with fewer cars. Learn more at http://unlockingcities.com


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