Chicago rideshare drivers looking for safety solutions

(The Center Square) – Chicago Gig Alliance organizer Lori Simmons is leading the charge in demanding city officials take action in response to a rash of recent rideshare driver robberies on the city’s West Side.

“It’s really scary,” Simmons told The Center Square after authorities recently issued a community alert about the attacks. “I did rideshare full-time for about five years and I’m still on the platform as a part time worker and a lot of people that I know and care about do this work full time. It’s really terrifying to see people take advantage of this platform, of the fact that it’s a dangerous job.” Simmons said much of the danger stems from drivers not knowing what the people they’re picking up look like and none of them being required to use their legal names in signing up to use the app to request a ride.

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