Lyft announced a new plan to allow some necessary workers limited access to its electric scooter network. This plan is called the LyftUpScooter Critical Workforce Plan, and it targets medical workers, first responders, and people working in transit. The company is providing these people with free scooters in some major subway areas in the United States.
Although many places have issued orders to stay at home, basic workers are still allowed to leave their homes to work-this includes everyone, from medical workers to delivery drivers, those who keep utility services running, etc. Buses and trains continue to run, but some people do not like these options because it is difficult to avoid close contact with others.
Lyft pointed out that its bicycles and scooters are an alternative option to avoid close contact with others. Starting today, in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Metro DC, Denver, and Austin, Lyft is riding free scooters for some key workers for 30 minutes. This joins Lyft ’s recent free bike sharing program for key employees in some major cities.
Due to the tricky nature of this project, Lyft will provide it to eligible people free of charge through their employer. If you are the employer of these key employees in one of the above cities, you need to send an email at Lyft's "Heroscooters" address or its "basic coverage" address in order for your employees to participate in this project. The free 30-minute ride is unlimited and can be used before April 30.
Lyft said it has strengthened cleaning agreements for bicycles and scooters to help protect those 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 to complete the ride. Health experts warn that touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face is the main way most people get infected with this virus.