Lyft launches its own fleet of Austin mix scooters
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Because, as you might (or not) agree, Austin needs more electric scooters without dock on city roads and sidewalks, ride-sharing company Lyft has added to the wheeled fleet with its own version of the contraptions, company officials said on Tuesday.
For more details on Lyft scooters in Austin, including how to get started, how and where to ride, Austin’s highway codes, and where to park your scooter, the Lyft blog is accessible. HERE. Prospective runners are also encouraged to check out Lyft’s President and Co-Founder John Zimmer’s Positiont, which sets out Lyft’s vision for how Lyft bikes and scooters will reduce vehicle miles traveled, increase transit trips, and provide fairer transportation solutions for all.
Austin is the fifth market where Lyft offers scooters on the Lyft platform, officials noted. Under the one-year pilot program, scooters cost $ 1 to unlock and 15 cents for every user minute. Lyft scooters will be integrated with the existing Lyft app and passengers will be able to book scooters in advance.
Officials held a pop-up event on Tuesday, December 4 at 1021 E. 7th St. to showcase its new line of scooters. Courtesy photo provided by Lyft.
Launch is the culmination of a business vision This summer, Lyft bicycles and scooters will reduce the number of miles vehicles travel, increase transit trips and provide fair transportation solutions, officials wrote in their blog. The launch was made possible through a trio of partnerships, officials noted:
- “First, we’ll donate to Austin’s Farm & City as they work to create safer streets, better public transportation, and affordable cities where everyone can walk, ride. cycling and wheelchair use in our daily life. “
- “Additionally, we will work with local workforce development agencies like the Austin Area Urban League to identify and recruit people for our operational positions who rebalance and load our scooters.”
- “Finally, we are delighted to develop a partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and Austin Paths. Our team in Austin will fund and work with HACA Mobility Ambassadors to educate and help enroll other low income housing members for our only $ 5 monthly pass, ensuring our scooters are accessible to everyone. the cyclists. “
In a press advisory, Lyft officials said their scooters would be picked up every night to charge and perform maintenance, reallocating the scooters across town each morning. Lyft is also working with the City of Austin to place docks for drivers to park their scooters on the streets of high-demand areas and near mass transit stations, officials noted.
Graphics provided by Lyft
Lyft believes scooters are a powerful, eco-friendly solution to the last mile in Austin, complementing existing mobility options to help Austinintes get to where they go and reduce traffic congestion and emissions. carbon in the city, ”Mike Kilpatrick, Lyft Bikes & Scooters Austin, said in a prepared statement. Lyft sees the successful integration of scooters in Austin as part of a larger movement to design cities for people, not just cars. Lyft looks forward to working in coordination with the city and other parties. stakeholders on this issue in the future. “
Company officials have pointed out that Lyft will also donate the profits to Austin’s Farm & City (Vision Zero) organization as it strives to create safer streets, better public transportation and affordable cities.
Vision Zero Texas is working closely with the City of Austin and regional and state leaders to meet the city’s Vision Zero action plan challenge – end road deaths and serious injuries by 2025 said Jay Blazek Crossley, executive director of Farm & City and Vision Zero. ATX Board Member: “We are delighted with Lyft’s support of our organization and look forward to working with them to accelerate our efforts for safer streets. “
So now – in a hissing and hissing microcosm of the free market – there is increased competition and more product options, with Bird, Lime, and Uber scooters already in the fiery mix, as evidenced by the growing number of people who lead them.
So you might think about wearing helmets and even protection when crossing the streets. And that goes for you, bikers, too.
>>> Electric scooter photo provided by Lyft