Two e-scooter brands are now offering free riders to health care workers in Denver, while two others have pulled their machines off the city’s street entirely while they seek to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lyft launched its new program in Denver on Friday morning.[ cq comment=”Friday, April 3″] Through April 30th, qualified health care and transit workers and first responders will be able to use the company’s scooters for free for trips of up to 30 minutes, according to a company news release. The program is set up through employers. Those seeking to provide free riders for their workers should email [email protected] for enrollment information.
Lyfts announcement comes a few days after Ford-owned scooter company Spin launched a similar program for health care workers in the markets where it does business, including Denver. The Spin program also offers free rides of up to 30 minutes through April 30. An application can be found online at bit.ly/3bEETN0.
Bird and Lime have stopped placing their rechargeable rides on sidewalks during the pandemic. The development, first reported by BusinessDen earlier this week, was confirmed by a Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure spokeswoman Thursday. The companies intend to keep operating in the city in the future.
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