After a pilot in five cities, Uber announced that Bike Lane Alerts is now live across more than 200 cities and 30 countries around the world.
The feature is designed to promote safety of people on bikes and scooters via the Uber app. With Bike Lane Alerts, riders receive notifications when their upcoming drop-off is near a bike lane or along a bike route, reminding them to look before opening the door. Whether you’re riding with Uber in Sao Paulo or Montreal, or Austin, you’ll now get a contextual notification any time you’re going to be dropped off along a bike route.
When first developing this product, Uber started by utilizing publicly available mapping data to pinpoint where bike lanes and shared roads were located in the pilot cities of New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. After a few months of engagement from riders, drivers, and safety experts, Uber's team of engineers utilized the company's mapping capabilities to collect data to help scale out this feature to expand it around the world.
Uber recently announced a partnership with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to provide road safety tips to bicycle delivery partners using Uber Eats. As Uber Eats continues to grow, more people are choosing to deliver by bicycle, particularly in urban areas.
Using feedback from bicycle delivery partners, GHSA developed a series of top safe riding tips. The tips feature information on safe road positioning and how to safely operate and maintain a bicycle.