Whereas thousands and thousands of individuals are very happy to leap onto a rentable bike to scoot throughout city, there are nonetheless many people who’re but to embark on their first bikesharing experience due to considerations about highway security in a number of the busier cities.
To assist ease the fears of first-time riders, in addition to to make rides extra comfy and fewer nerve-racking for its current customers, Lyft is including info for protected bike lanes and bike-friendly routes to its app.
The protected lanes will present as stable inexperienced strains on the map, whereas the bike-friendly routes, that are much less protected however nonetheless nonetheless designated for two-wheelers, will present as dotted inexperienced strains.
“We consider that offering clear details about bike lanes in our app will encourage extra folks to decide on two-wheeled transportation for his or her journey,” Caroline Samponaro, Lyft’s head of micromobility coverage, informed Digital Tendencies. “Every experience on a motorbike or scooter represents a win for the surroundings, congestion, and a extra livable metropolis — and that’s what Lyft is all about.”
Lyft has been steadily increasing its app-based bikesharing service in recent times, with its most vital transfer coming in July 2018 when it acquired Inspire, the most important bikesharing operator within the U.S.
Inspire oversees providers equivalent to CitiBike in New York Metropolis, Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., and Blue Bikes (previously Hubway) in Boston. It additionally operates bikesharing providers in Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey; and Columbus, Ohio.
The brand new characteristic for customers of Lyft’s bikesharing providers ought to already be working for iPhone, with Android customers anticipated to get it quickly.
Take observe, although, the info for bicycle routes will solely present in areas the place Lyft operates its bikesharing and scootersharing providers.
Additionally, as you should have seen, the emphasis right here is on routes for bicycles, with little point out of scooters, that are additionally broadly used for sharing in cities. It is because some locations don’t enable bike lanes for use by electrical scooters, so all the time be sure you verify forward should you’re renting a scooter and wish to take one among Lyft’s steered routes.