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Ashwini Chhabra Head of Public Affairs @ Bird | ex-Uber
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:12:34 PM »
Since June 2018, Mr. Chhabra is the Sr. Director/Head of Public Affairs at Bird. Bird is a dockless scooter-share company based in Santa Monica, California. It operates electric scooters in cities throughout North America, at a cost of one dollar to rent plus fifteen to twenty cents per minute. Bird was founded in 2017 by Travis VanderZanden, formerly an executive at Lyft and at Uber.
In June 2018 after 4 years and 2 months Mr. Chhabra left his position at Uber where he was Head of Policy Development and Community Engagement; Director,  Self-Driving Policy.
Prior to joining Uber, Mr. Chhabra was Deputy Commissioner, Policy & Planning at the TLC for 4 years. Where according to his LinkedIn profile, Managed the Divisions of Policy, Research & Evaluation, External Affairs and Government Affairs to deliver on Mayor Bloomberg’s priority reforms relating to the taxi industry. Helped shape all major agency policy initiatives and served as principal on select initiatives considered central to the administration’s legacy.

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Re: Ashwini Chhabra Head of Public Affairs @ Bird | ex-Uber
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2018, 11:42:06 PM »

New York City Council Member Antonio Reynoso says electric scooters could be a reliable transit option here, especially as the L train shutdown strands straphangers.
City Council Member Antonio Reynoso and officials from Bird scooters are pushing for the city to legalize electric scooters ahead of the L train shutdown.
Electric scooters, like the Bird scooters available across the country, could help fill that transit gap, according to Reynoso — but they’re currently illegal here.
City Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez and Rafael Espinal are drafting legislation to legalize electric scooters in New York City. Reynoso added his support on Monday as many in his district are set to be affected by the L train shutdown.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://nypost.com/2018/09/24/e-scooters-may-be-coming-to-nyc/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwi50tvnn9rdAhVsk-AKHT-6Dn8QyM8BMAN6BAgJEAQ&usg=AOvVaw2iaY4_Qjk8xljMRrHqkneC&ampcf=1

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Re: Ashwini Chhabra Head of Public Affairs @ Bird | ex-Uber
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2018, 12:00:01 AM »
The tools, which Bird calls its “GovTech Platform,” are intended to assist cities in better integrating e-scooters into their overall transportation networks, the company says. But it will only be applicable to Bird’s scooters, not those from other companies.

The GovTech Platform includes a data dashboard for cities to track how its citizens are using electric scooters, as well as geofencing capabilities to prevent users from using or parking scooters in certain areas of the city. Bird has always offered anonymized data to cities in which it operates, but it admits that it can sometimes be clunky and difficult to parse through. In its initial release, the company’s dashboard will utilize API data on vehicle status and trips to create aggregated and categorized reports, in the hopes that it addresses any complaints for cities.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/9/24/17886390/bird-electric-scooter-share-ceo-travis-vanderzanden&ved=0ahUKEwjxiNvGpNrdAhUjiOAKHbSJBS4QyM8BCCQwAA&usg=AOvVaw2wOc4FwGwz9-o8ko4PXpWD&ampcf=1

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Re: Ashwini Chhabra Head of Public Affairs @ Bird | ex-Uber
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2018, 12:02:21 AM »
The Los Angeles-based firm announced that it will form a new Global Safety Advisory Board led by David Strickland, former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and more recently, spokesperson for the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, that will “create, advise, and implement global programs, campaigns, and products to improve the safety of those riding Birds and other e-scooters.”

Bird’s statement notes that the board, which will consist of transportation and safety experts as well as government officials and private citizens to be named later, won’t just focus on the safety of those riding scooters, but also pedestrians and bicyclists who share space with these riders.

In addition, Bird will begin steering revenue into a dedicated fund to expand transit infrastructure in the cities where it operates. The initiative would set aside $1 per day from each scooter in operation to help cities build new protected bike lanes, as well as maintain existing ones by repainting and repairing them.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.curbed.com/platform/amp/2018/8/2/17641604/bird-scooter-safety-bike-lane&ved=2ahUKEwiDm5zTpdrdAhViiOAKHZ8dApYQFjAAegQICBAB&usg=AOvVaw0a9ZEjVXZeTVJLMOyToqqe&ampcf=1

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Re: Ashwini Chhabra Head of Public Affairs @ Bird | ex-Uber
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2018, 08:11:53 AM »
FROM August 2018:

Even as new modes of transportation have made inroads in New York City, dockless electric scooters—like the ones owned by Bird and Lime, which have become ubiquitous throughout the U.S.—have yet to make their presence known in the five boroughs.
Or have they? A tipster sent Curbed a video of a Bird scooter in use in Brooklyn amid a throng of cars and pedestrians. As of right now, electric scooters are not available in New York City—the closest cities with the service are Providence to the north, and Baltimore to the south—so it’s unclear how the scooter would have gotten here. (Did someone scoot all the way up I-95?)
And, more importantly, dockless electric scooters are not yet legal in NYC. A spokesperson for the city’s Department of Transportation recently told the New York Times that “They are illegal and I am not aware of anything in the works to change that.” If you are caught using one, you could incur a fee of $500.

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Re: Ashwini Chhabra Head of Public Affairs @ Bird | ex-Uber
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2018, 11:17:27 AM »
From May 2014:

A major taxi fleet owner is accusing a city official of secretly moonlighting for Uber before leaving the public payroll to take a job with the e-hail app
 
Evgeny "Gene" Friedman is accusing a former city official of secretly moonlighting for e-hail app company Uber.
A major taxi fleet owner is accusing a city official of secretly moonlighting for Uber before leaving the public payroll to take a job with the e-hail app company.

Evgeny "Gene" Freidman, president of Taxi Club Inc., which manages a fleet of 1,000 cabs, told the Taxi and Limousine Commission a month ago that Ashwini Chhabra was working for Uber while serving as deputy commissioner for policy and planning at the TLC, according to an email exchange between Mr. Freidman and Meera Joshi, the new head of the TLC. Mr. Chhabra’s move to Uber from the TLC was reported Tuesday by the New York Times.

About four or five weeks ago, according to the email thread, Mr. Freidman said he and Ethan Gerber, executive director of the Freidman-backed Greater New York Taxi Association, sat with Ms. Joshi and Mr. Chhabra and “accused Ashwini of working for Uber presently and in the past,” he writes.

“I would insist as a major stake holder in this industry ‎that the [TLC] open a [Department of Investigation] investigation into this matter!” Mr. Freidman writes, to which Ms. Joshi responds by saying she will “make [the] appropriate referrals.” The DOI, not the TLC, would make the decision on whether to investigate.

The email exchange was forwarded to reporters by PR executive Ronn Torossian, of whom Mr. Freidman is a client. A spokesman for the TLC confirmed that Ms. Joshi referred Mr. Freidman’s allegation to the Department of Investigation; DOI is run by Mark Peters, who was Mr. de Blasio's campaign treasurer and formerly ran the public integrity unit of the state attorney general's office when Eliot Spitzer held the post.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140520/BLOGS04/140529985/taxi-mogul-suspects-city-official-moonlighted-for-uber&ved=2ahUKEwjO2K7Ro5DeAhWSjlkKHXWgCC0QFjAAegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw0NhqHL_UItg01Nc6bHi04u&cshid=1539875832004

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Re: Ashwini Chhabra Head of Public Affairs @ Bird | ex-Uber
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2018, 11:53:04 AM »
 The Department of Transportation has added protected bike lanes as part of its mitigation plan for dealing with the L train shutdown, and Trottenberg predicted they would someday be used by e-scooters.

The scooters—which have been a hit in a few cities—are considered illegal in New York, but a bill to allow them is working its way through the City Council, while operators Bird and Lime work to convince regulators and elected officials that they are a safe transportation option.

"I think they will wind up in bike lanes," Trottenberg said. "They certainly are knocking at the gates of the city."

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