A planned strike by Uber drivers as well as a protest near the gates of Levi's Stadium both failed to have any real impact in the Bay Area on Super Bowl Sunday, however a similar planned strike in New York following the game Sunday evening may have had some effect on surge pricing. Similar to the lackluster showing of drivers at a protest last week, about 15 to 20 Uber drivers attempted to block an intersection in Santa Clara on Sunday, as the Chronicle reports, only to be quickly shooed off and dispersed by police.
This attempt at a street blockade took place just after 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Great America Parkway and Tasman Drive in which a group of drivers began purposely moving very slowly. Cops descended, drivers obeyed, and that was that.
Threats of a protest appear to have been greatly exaggerated, and a strike by drivers does not appear have taken hold in SF. After a Twitter account was created and the flyer below circulated last week, discussing fare cuts and demands by drivers for "1990 cab rates" of $1.50 per mile. That account, though, @uber_strike2016, only has 175 followers and that tweet was only retweeted a handful of times.
Wired spoke to some anonymous drivers last week who talked about how they would participate in the strike, which would mean driving to SF if they did not live there, and shutting off their app in order to frustrate potential riders and cause surging, but it does not seem as though anything unusual happened in the Uber-sphere last night.
Meanwhile, Uber scored that partnership deal with the Super Bowl and had a dedicated pickup area outside Levi's Stadium on Sunday. Plenty of drivers seem to have shown up for that, though it's unclear how successful the logistics of that were. It appears drivers just lined up and picked up people like regular cabs, and they then booked the ride in the app once they got in the car.
The guy has a point.