Lyft Introduces Bike Sharing In Santa Monica, Westside

SANTA MONICA, CA — Lyft launched a brand new electric bike system, providing bike-sharing this week for folks in Santa Monica and throughout the Westside.

There at the moment are greater than 80 Breeze stations providing the hybrid ebikes from Lyft. Breeze is a public bike share program from the town of Santa Monica and has supplied free bike rides all through the pandemic. Locals can already entry the inexperienced bikes at stations throughout city, and this subsequent transfer from Lyft is the corporate’s first step into bicycle sharing.

“The brand new ebikes can be docked on the present Breeze stations, guaranteeing there isn’t a hole in service as soon as the present Breeze program ends in November,” Lyft stated in a information launch. “Within the subsequent few months, Lyft will ramp up its fleet to 500 ebikes, turning into Lyft’s second bikeshare community within the nation to go all-electric.”

Folks can try the ebikes within the Lyft app utilizing the bicycle icon. The app will inform customers when there are ebikes close by. You may faucet a station to discover a bike and examine a map. It begins at $1 to unlock + $0.34 per min. Neighborhood Go members will pay $5 per 30 days and $0.05 per min to experience.

“Whether or not you are going that first mile or that final mile, ebikes are a enjoyable, reasonably priced method to get round city,” Lyft stated.

Every hybrid ebike additionally comes with a cable to lock to any Breeze station without spending a dime. You can even lock to a public bike rack throughout the West Los Angeles service space for an additional $1.

Cyclists nonetheless need to comply with the foundations of the street and are inspired to put on helmets. Riders are additionally urged to do a fast pre-ride test:

  • Alter the seat to suit your peak.
  • Verify the tires and squeeze the brakes.
  • One thing amiss? Maintain the ebike locked and faucet the (flag) within the higher right-hand nook of your Lyft app to report the issue. Then select a special bike.
  • Pedal to start out — and get going.

Bike lanes and roads are one of the best routes for cyclists, and bicycles ought to stay off the sidewalk until it is time to park the bike, the corporate stated.

Some areas can be off-limits for the Lyft ebikes, together with areas in Santa Monica the place pedestrians frequent.

“Attributable to metropolis rules, pedal help will not perform in choose areas of the town, together with the Seashore Bike Path, Pier, Promenade, and public parks,” in keeping with the corporate.

Leap, which was bought by Uber to Lime, had beforehand positioned electrical bicycles in Santa Monica, nevertheless, the bicycles left the town in Could following the sale, in keeping with Santa Monica Daily Press.

Apps like Fowl and Lyft have remained fashionable all through the previous couple of months of quarantine in September and the businesses proceed to supply electrical scooters in Santa Monica. Breeze bikes have remained free for riders all through the coronavirus pandemic, with this system scheduled to finish in November. Bike Share Join membership is required to take part within the bike share.

“By a partnership with the town, we’re excited to convey ebikes to Santa Monica to assist scale back congestion and emissions, by offering one other transportation possibility for residents and guests,” stated David Fairbank, Basic Supervisor for Lyft Bikes & Scooters in Southern California. “Santa Monica already is aware of and loves our Lyft scooters, and we’re excited to supply one more type of enjoyable, lively and naturally bodily distant transportation to assist residents get round at the moment. Riders can now simply entry ebikes, in addition to scooters, all with a number of faucets within the Lyft app.”

“I could not be extra excited to see Lyft launch its new ebike program in Santa Monica. Our future relies on sustainable, lively transportation like ebikes. They scale back our carbon footprint and enhance accessibility for the whole group,” stated Mayor Professional Tem Terry O’Day.

Lyft additionally provides a Neighborhood Go for bikes and scooters in Santa Monica. The Lyft Neighborhood Go is a reduced-fare membership program for qualifying residents of Santa Monica and LA. Membership prices $5 per 30 days and contains discounted ebike rides at $0.05 per minute. The Neighborhood Go program is out there to residents ages 18 and older who qualify for the Huge Blue Bus Low Revenue Fare is Straightforward program, Calfresh, Medicaid, SNAP, or the SCE Power Financial savings Help Program and to qualifying Santa Monica Neighborhood School college students.

“Santa Monica appears to be like ahead to the provision of Lyft ebikes throughout the metropolis. This new service by Lyft will present folks with one other sustainable and simple possibility for getting round and builds upon the town’s many shared mobility efforts that began with the launch of Breeze bikes nearly 5 years in the past,” stated Francie Stefan, Chief Mobility Officer, Metropolis of Santa Monica. “Ebikes are rising in recognition due to the fine addition they offer to journey extra simply or additional, and as an out of doors mobility possibility in our year-round temperate local weather.”

Go to Lyft’s web site to be taught extra about ebikes in Santa Monica.

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