Pro Tip: Lyft
Now that the cold weather has started to set in, I unfortunately will be hanging up my bicycle for the season. Although biking is my number one favorite mode of transport, I am too much of a wuss to do it year round.
Usually no more biking means one of two things: more expensive, stinky cabs or going out less.
However, with Denver’s recent burst of alternative transportation options, I feel like I now have a few more choices.
As a non-car owner, I typically rely on public transportation (aka the hobo bus), my bike, my boyfriend, and my legs to get around. More recently I have added car2go and Uber to my repertoire as well.
Lyft’s tagline is “your friend with a car.” Since its inception, the company has aimed to create a more social and fun experience for drivers and passengers, in order to develop a sense of community among its users. According to the company, Lyft generally costs about 30 percent less than the price of a similar-length cab ride.
In order to request a Lyft car, riders need to download the Lyft app to their iPhone or Android, sign-in through Facebook, and enter a valid phone number, and credit card details. When a passenger wants a ride, he/she opens the app and sees a map displaying the locations of the nearest Lyft drivers. After tapping to request a ride, the app shows the driver’s name, his/her rating by past passengers, and photos of the driver and their car. Within 5 to 15 minutes, a Lyft driver will arrive and likely greet the passenger with a welcoming fistbump. After the ride is complete, payment is made through the app in the form of a suggested donation based on the time and distance of the trip. The passenger can increase or decrease the dollar amount by tapping a virtual pencil to edit the donation. The company takes a 20 percent cut of the fare. Finally, a passenger must rate the driver before he or she can request another Lyft. In my experience, Lyft is quite similar to Uber, but a fraction of the cost.
Wanna save even more money? Register now and enter the promo code ROCKIES to receive a free $20 credit (which will get you about 4 free rides – score). Concerned about safety? Read more about Lyft’s safety policy. Have extra time on your hands? Sign-up to be a Lyft driver. And see you dudes around this winter.