December was our best month ever. In fact, we had the biggest week in our history with rides up 60% across all of our markets and a record number of app downloads. December is also the month Sidecar became #1 for Shared Rides, offering the service in more cities than any other rideshare app. Shared Rides (where we match you with a nearby rider heading your way and cut the cost in half) now account for 40% of all Sidecar rides, and are now available in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Washington DC.
The East Coast loves to share their ride: Boston and Washington DC rides are up 5x since we rolled out Shared Rides in their cities. And Chicagoans love to carpool. At one point in December, 77% of all Chicago Sidecar rides were shared!
Our vision for Sidecar is to reinvent transportation and make it safer, more convenient and more accessible. We’ll do that by having the best price and being the place where drivers make the most money. The move to a marketplace model in February and the introduction of Shared Rides in May are helping us realize this vision. But we’re just at the beginning of this journey — 2015 is going to be a wild ride with new markets and new products that will make Sidecar the best way to get around your city.
Happy Holidays and Ride On,
The Sidecar Team