Lyft has extended free scooter service for key employees during the outbreak to May
First responders, health care workers and transportation workers pay no fees.
Lyft waited until the end of April to decide the fate of providing free scooters to key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.The ride-sharing company extended its LyftUp electric scooter program through May, and for another month offered free rides to health care, emergency care and transportation workers in six cities.Employers will still need to recruit staff, but registered workers will continue to get the 30 minutes of free commutes they need, without the need for intimate relationships on public transport or car-sharing vehicles.
The program is currently available in Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Monica and the Metro area.Lyft has also promised tougher cleaning regimens to make sure the scooters themselves are cleaner.
This is not the only motorcycle program available to important workers.For example, Uber promises to provide 10 million free rides and delivery services to people on the front lines of the fight against covid-19.But Lyft's extension could still be important in the cities it offers, suggesting that the programs will continue as long as nurses, bus drivers and other key personnel need to work safely.