We're excited to announce our partnership with Rock the Vote to help increase registration and participation in the 2014 elections. Rock the Vote, the largest non-profit non-partisan organization in the United States, works to mobilize the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for a modern and efficient voting system.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve acquired Hitch, the ridesharing platform that connects multiple passengers traveling along similar routes. With this acquisition, Hitch co-founders Snir Kodesh and Noam Szpiro will join the Lyft team as we continue to expand personal transit to more cities across the country.
In August, we introduced Lyft Line to San Francisco, offering residents an affordable, efficient way to get around by connecting shared rides along shared routes. Today we’re excited to expand this new form of personal transit to Los Angeles, beginning with a limited launch that will roll out to all LA users in coming weeks.
Since Lyft launched in San Francisco in the summer of 2012, the ridesharing community has grown at a remarkable pace. From Miami to Modesto, Lyft drivers and passengers have sparked a transportation movement that is helping make city life safer, friendlier and more affordable.
Who are Lyft drivers? Well, we could go on for hours… The short version is that they’re Olympians, indie-rock keyboardists, tornado chasers, kindergarten teachers, and everything in between — each with their own story, just like our passengers. And when we put them together, it becomes less about getting from point A to point B, and more about the experience you have on the way. See what a few of our drivers do when they’re not behind the wheel.
Why Lyft? Some might say that is the ultimate question to ask to determine the mission, direction, and ultimately the spirit of the Lyft brand. The answer to that question is the reason Lyft strives to be the brand that everyone wants to be a part of. For me, the answer to this question was simple: It’s not every day that all of the ingredients for an amazing brand perfectly align and create a space where the potential and opportunity is entirely limitless.
Tonight, after making positive progress with local and state leaders, Lyft will launch in all five boroughs of New York City. We’ve finalized an agreement to offer immediate access to our friendly, affordable rides through a TLC-licensed model beginning at 7 p.m. Lyft will serve all corners of the city from Manhattan to Staten Island, starting with a limited beta launch and then a full rollout in coming weeks.
Today we agreed in New York State Supreme Court to put off the launch of Lyft's peer-to-peer model in New York City and we will not proceed with this model unless it complies with New York City Taxi and Limousine regulations.
In 2012, Lyft worked with insurance industry leaders to pioneer our $1M excess liability insurance coverage to protect our community members. We stand behind this policy that, from the beginning, was designed to drop down to the first dollar and act as primary in the case that a driver’s personal policy does not respond. Millions of rides later, the policy has worked as designed and provided excellent coverage for the community.
Lyft is proud of the safety and insurance innovations we've introduced to the ridesharing community. Strong background checks, 19-point vehicle inspections, real-time community ratings and a zero-tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol and violence mean that both passengers and drivers feel safe in our community. Insurance is another important part of the equation, and we wanted to add additional detail to conversations happening across the country about how insurance and ridesharing work.
This Friday, your favorite pet-friendly ride is getting even friendlier. June 20th is Canine Coworkers Day and we’re celebrating by teaming up with Rover.com to create the best ride for you and your furry friend on the way to the office.