Vancouver: Free Uber rides Thursday

The city unanimously voted to implement rideshare services Monday

A person using the Uber app (Courtesy: Uber, July 19, 2013)
A person using the Uber app (Courtesy: Uber, July 19, 2013)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Uber is officially coming to Vancouver. To celebrate, the rideshare service is offering free rides.

The Vancouver City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to embrace rideshare services like Uber. The ordinance — which revamps city code, recognizes innovation and codifies safety standards — opens Vancouver to all companies that meet its provisions.

“We are thrilled to officially call Vancouver home,” Uber said in a press release.

To celebrate, Uber will offer free rides across the city Thursday.

To participate, simply download the Uber app, and select the uberX option. Rides beginning or ending in Vancouver will be free throughout the day, for up to a $20 value. Each customer is limited to two rides. Uber said to keep in mind that demand may be high.

The code change comes as Portland works diligently to revamp its code and include rideshare services as a new part of its transportation system.

While operations won’t begin until April, Uber said it is looking forward to becoming, “a permanent part of the fabric of all of these great northwestern communities.”

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