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Lyft integrates D.C. bike lanes into its app

The company offers scooters in the city and owns the operator of Capital Bikeshare

Alyssa Nassner

San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Lyft has added bike lane displays to its app in all the cities where it operates bikes and electric scooters, including the District. Protected bike lanes are shown as solid green lines while bike-friendly routes are shown as green dots. The feature is currently available on Apple phones and Lyft says Android phones will see it soon.

“We believe that providing clear information about bike lanes in our app will encourage more people to choose two-wheeled transportation for their trip,” Caroline Samponaro, Lyft’s head of micromobility policy, said in a statement, adding that scooter rides help reduce congestion and environmental pollution from driving. In addition to holding an official permit to deploy up to 720 scooters in D.C. and having introduced the devices to the District last October, Lyft owns Motivate—the operator of the Capital Bikeshare system and similar bike-share services.

Lyft is one of several companies to whom the District Department of Transportation has granted dockless vehicle permits, with more than 5,600 such vehicles allowed in the city. Motivate’s Capital Bikeshare contract with D.C. is up for renewal and worth $8.8 million. Screenshots of the new bike lane feature in Lyft’s app, courtesy of the company, are below.

Screenshot of Lyft’s app showing available scooters and bikes near the White House. Lyft
Screenshot of Lyft’s app showing available scooters and bikes near the White House. Lyft

This post has been updated to clarify that Lyft’s electric bike program is currently on pause.