Free Ice Cream is Just a Lyft Ride Away

Free Ice Cream is Just a Lyft Ride Away

Summer’s in full swing, and there’s nothing quite like ice cream to help you beat the heat. This Sunday, 7/19, we’re celebrating National Ice Cream Day with free ice cream for you from our favorite local shops in select cities across the country.

Simply take a Lyft ride to a participating ice cream shop, show your ride receipt at checkout, and a free scoop of ice cream is all yours.


#WhyILyft: From Milwaukee Driver Jillian

To celebrate her recovery from an injury, cyclist Jillian and five friends rode 100 miles across Milwaukee in a day. Fast forward seven years, and Jillian’s crew is an official cycling club called the Bella Donnas. Jillian dreams of spreading her club across the nation, and the flexibility of Lyft is helping her make that dream a reality.

We caught up with Jillian to hear her Lyft story:

Q: Why did you first start driving with Lyft?

A: I found out about Lyft in San Diego while traveling for work. I love the flexibility. Being able to drive when I want has allowed me to concentrate on growing the cycling group I founded. I’ve met two different bloggers who have written about us, a crew member from a local TV news company, a radio host who featured us, and I get to tell all the women (and anyone who knows a woman) about the group, so word has been spreading fast! I love that Lyft gets people out of their phones and back into the real world.  

Q: What's been your favorite Lyft ride or experience?

A: My most memorable Lyft ride was last spring during a rain storm at 3 AM. I found out that my passenger was a student at a local women's college and was an aspiring opera singer. She was on her way to a recording studio where her boyfriend worked to record. She was so nervous that she’d had a few drinks and overdid it slightly. After suggesting that she hum to herself to calm her nerves, she decided to sing me a song that brought tears to my eyes. Wherever she is now, I hope she’s singing!

Q: Describe what the vibe is like inside your Lyft ride. Do you do anything special for passengers?

A: I like to provide a safe space for passengers to relax. I make my own car fresheners using organic essential oils. There are small bottles of water, Tootsie Rolls, and caramels to snack on and if someone is cold, I have a lap blanket.  Everyone who gets in my car and is willing to participate gets asked the “Question of the Day.” It’s the same question for everyone that entire shift. It’s a fun way to learn about the passengers and have interesting conversations.

Q: What's the most memorable thing a passenger has ever done for you?

A: One of my passengers who I’ve become friends with found out that I had to go to the hospital for surgery and would be alone. She texted me the day of the procedure and offered to take off work to sit with me in the hospital between procedures. It’s incredible to me how loving people will be when given the opportunity.

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#WhyILyft: From Sonoma Driver Anthony

Right now, Sonoma County driver Anthony and his girlfriend have most of their dates over Skype — hundreds of miles away from each other. They met in college in the Philippines, and now that Anthony's back in California, they visit one another as often as they can. Lyft’s extra income and flexibility allow Anthony to save up for those special trips.

We caught up with Anthony to hear his Lyft story:

Q: Why did you first start driving with Lyft? 

A: In mid-January I applied, was approved, and before I knew it, I started driving with Lyft. I loved the experience and loved traveling around the city and meeting different kinds of people. I was surprised that I could make a lot of money and still have time to spend with my loved ones. I used some of the money to send to my girlfriend, whom at the time was volunteering at a hospital and sometimes didn't have enough money for herself. Some of the money was also saved in order for me to visit her in the Philippines. I was able to visit her in March, and because Lyft allowed me to choose my own schedule, I took my time and spent as much time with her as I could.

Q: What's been your favorite Lyft ride or experience? 

A: My favorite experience is having deep and meaningful conversations with my passengers, especially about traveling. I like to travel and it’s always interesting to hear people's stories about where they have been in the world. I once had a passenger who also went to college in the Philippines. We could relate to so many things.

Q: Describe what the vibe is like inside your Lyft ride. Do you do anything special for passengers? 

A: I like to keep the environment of my car as friendly and relaxing as possible, while keeping a high standard of professionalism. I’ll have jazz music playing in the background while offering gum or water. I also understand the need for being on time to work or to a flight. It’s always nice if they are running late and I get them to their destination on time.

Q: What is the most memorable thing a passenger has done for you?

A: I can't say there is a most memorable passenger, but when someone takes the time to turn around, smile and say ‘thank you’ it really brightens my day. That's something I can remember for a long time and can carry on to the next passenger.


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