Lyft Scooters Hit the Streets, Along with Discount for Low-Income Riders
Just shy of a year after the first rentable electric scooters were placed on Columbus streets, the ride-hailing company Lyft has entered the market.
Starting this morning, users will be able to use the Lyft app to locate and rent the new scooters, which will cost one dollar to unlock and 15 cents for each minute of use.
“We’re thrilled to bring Lyft scooters to Columbus and provide another quick, affordable and sustainable way to move around – all within a single app,” said Chet Ridenour, Columbus Market Manager for Lyft Bikes and Scooters, in a statement.
Low-income riders in Columbus will also have the opportunity to sign up for Lyft’s Community Pass program, which provides an unlimited number of scooter rides for $5 a month.
The program is currently available in other cities with Lyft scooters, although the requirements to participate vary from place to place.
In Columbus, a rider can get a pass if they “are enrolled in or qualify for a state or federal assistance program such as Medicaid, SNAP, or a discounted utility bill,” according to a Lyft spokesperson.
Lyft has also operated the CoGo bike share system in Columbus since it acquired parent company Motivate last fall.