As we all know, there are many benefits of bike sharing schemes. It includes transport flexibility, reductions to vehicle emissions, health benefits, reduced congestion, and fuel consumption, and financial savings for individuals.
Lyft users in New York City Will soon be able to see a new mode of transportation available in the app. The company has decided to include bikes in its transportation system. Lyft is going to start with one of the world’s most popular bike-share systems: Citi Bike in New York City.
Lyft plans to include the Citi Bike service into its ride-hailing app starting in early May, the company announced Monday.
The change will allow some users in the city to unlock one of the 12,000 blue Citi Bikes and pay for a ride within the Lyft app. Users won’t need a separate account or log in to locate or unlock the bikes. The Lyft app will automatically show how many bikes are available at nearby stations.
As the users press the button to unlock a bike, they’ll get a five-digit code. They can enter the code in any dock at a given station to release the bike of their choice. And that’s it – they are all set to take a ride!
When the user returns his/her bike to a station and sees the green light appear on the dock, he/she will get a push notification that you’ve docked successfully. Riders will also have the option to rate their ride, according to the company.
The move is part of Lyft’s effort to blend bike-sharing with its car service following its acquisition last year of Motivate, Citi Bike’s parent company.
Lyft says it also plans to add more features in New York over the next few months. It includes the option for Citi Bike members to link their accounts. As the company believes that more bike rides will mean better cities, they decided to expand the service to other cities soon.
They say in their blog, “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to make bikes available to more riders and shift people onto sustainable, two-wheeled transit. Happy riding!”