Lyft offers free scooters for first responders, transporters and paramedics
Lyft offers free Lyft scooter rides for basic workers, including first responders, transportation, and health care workers.Lyft announced a new plan to give some necessary workers limited free access to its network of electric scooters.The program, called the LyftUpScooter Critical Workforce Program, targets health care workers, first responders and people who work in transit.
The company is offering them free scooters in some major METRO areas in the United States.
Although stay-at-home orders have been issued in many places, basic workers are still allowed to leave their homes to go to work - and that includes everyone from health care workers to delivery drivers, those who keep utility services running, and so on.Buses and trains continue to run, but some people dislike these options because it is difficult to avoid close contact with others.
Lyft points to its bikes and electric scooters as an alternative to being in close contact with other people.Starting today, Lyft is offering free 30-minute rides to key workers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, metro DC, Denver and Austin.This joins Lyft's recently launched free bike-sharing program for key employees in some major cities.
Because of the tricky nature of the program, Lyft will offer it to eligible people free of charge through their employers.If you're an employer of these key employees in one of these cities, you'll need to email Lyft's "Heroscooters" address or its "Basic Coverage" address to enroll your employees in the program.There is no 30-minute free ride until April 30.
Lyft says it has strengthened cleaning protocols for bicycles and electric scooters to help protect the people who use them.Of course, you still need to be careful not to touch your face, and you need to wash your hands with soap and water after finishing the ride.Health experts warn that touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face is the main way most people contract the virus.