Blog: OUTSTANDING article Jesse Weaver I have been car-free since 2012 which has yielded some interesting…
OUTSTANDING article Jesse Weaver I have been car-free since 2012 which has yielded some interesting discoveries. As a regular user of Uber and Lyft, I have chuckled watching drivers go into a panic state when their mobile mapping app goes haywire. It shows me that most drivers have ZERO basic orientation and awareness of the very city they may have lived in for years.
And while this is total conjecture on my part, I believe that the best-paid drivers are the ones who have not only logged tons of time behind the wheel but have some non-mobile map based hacks and shortcuts for efficiently navigating around the city.
In addition to rideshare, I rely heavily on walking to get me to and from nearby places. The urban cores of Denver and San Diego are two amazingly walkable areas that I enjoyed using foot power to get around. Las Vegas where I just moved, not so much. But the broader message is that walking does help to build awareness of your nearby surroundings in a way that a car combined with tech gadgets could never accomplish.
All this being said, I’d have to admit that beyond a 5–7-mile radius of wherever I’ve resided, I have no clue as to how to get to places. So maybe I’m being a little harsh on Uber and Lyft drivers. In fact, whenever a driver has asked me for some help in getting home from the far reaches of where I live, I sternly tell them “you’re the damn driver. So just follow the map on your phone.”