Whether you hate 'em or love 'em, get ready to see a few more electric scooters around town, as Lyft has just announced that they will release their own line in D.C.
Lyft Scooters previously launched in Denver and Santa Monica, but D.C. will mark the first East Coast launch, and they expect to be in 10 additional cities by the end of the year.
According to Lyft, 33 percent of Lyft passengers in D.C. say “owning a personal vehicle is less important to them now.” Nationally, last year, it says 250,000 Lyft passengers gave up their cars.
Bird, Skip, Spin and Lime already have electric scooters in D.C., and dockless bikes launched in D.C. last September. Lyft competitor Uber invested in scooter company Lime earlier this year, and Uber also owns dockless bike company Jump, which launched scooters in Santa Monica earlier this month.
Several area doctors have expressed concerns regarding electric scooters. Dr. Sarah Combs with Children’s National Health System has "seen more than 50 patients come in over the past year with injuries from non-motorized scooters." Sadly, D.C. recorded its first scooter-related death last month when a man was fatally hit by an SUV in Dupont Circle.
Riders who wish to use Lyft Scooters can use the app to locate and reserve nearby scooters. It costs $1 to unlock a scooter and 15 cents for each minute you ride, which includes reservation time and hold time.