SF72, San Francisco’s collaborative consumption-based disaster preparedness plan, is already being tested just weeks after launch. Employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit have initiated a strike against unfair wages, shutting down the public transportation system just prior the July 4th holiday. Ride-sharing service Sidecar published a blogpost offering alternative commute options, and short-term office space rental company LiquidSpace is offering discounts for workers that can’t make it to their office. Early results show that these types of services have seen a 40% increase in usage during the strike.
These results are promising for citywide partnerships such as SF72, indicating the long-term benefits of collaborative consumption, not just to consumers, but also to cities and governments. Other major US cities are expected to adopt similar disaster preparedness initiatives in the future.
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