Lyft City Works
Let’s build cities around people, not cars. In partnership with our community of drivers, riders, local activists, and city leaders, we’ll work to achieve maximum positive impact with a special eye toward improving transportation access and equity.
We work in service of cities, and all those who have dedicated themselves to shaping them before us. Now, we’re committing a minimum of $50 million a year (or 1% of profits, whichever is greater) to continue improving city life through grassroots transportation initiatives.
Lack of transportation access can be a major barrier in people's everyday lives — including when they need to get to job interviews, healthcare appointments, and even to the polls to vote. Lyft provides free and reduced-price rides to people who need them most, such as medical patients, low-income seniors, veterans in transition, and victims of natural disasters.
Develop transportation infrastructure
Increasing mobility is a proven way to boost economic opportunity for lower-income residents lacking in transportation options. In partnership with local governments, transit agencies, and nonprofit organizations, Lyft is helping cities quickly and efficiently expand their transportation infrastructure. From bikes and scooters to transit and shared rides, we can create connections within and between communities.
Create a clean-energy future
Livable cities and a healthy planet go hand in hand. Lyft delivers significant environmental benefits through our commitment to 100% clean energy, expanding the number of electric vehicles on the road, and every Lyft ride is fully carbon neutral. We invest heavily in products minimizing single-occupancy rides, such as Shared Saver rides and Lyft Bikes & Scooters. We also collaborate closely with local and national advocacy groups to fight for climate action and more green space in our cities.
Launching Lyft City Works LA
Working with civic leaders and nonprofit organizations, Lyft is providing transportation, developing infrastructure, and reducing emissions in Los Angeles, — one of our largest markets and where the seed for our company was born.
Disaster recovery efforts
During natural disasters and times of crisis, our Wheels for All program helps people travel safely to shelters, hospitals, evacuation centers, and blood donation centers.
Access to healthy food
In the DC metro area, Lyft partnered with community nonprofit leader, Martha’s Table, to launch the Lyft Grocery Access Program to give residents living in food deserts access to fresh and healthy foods.
As one of the world’s largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets, we’ve committed to offsetting over a million metric tons of carbon annually — making Lyft a fully carbon-neutral company
During the 2018 midterm elections, Lyft helped with voter registration and provided discounted rides to vote across the country, including free rides to people who lack transportation options in their neighborhoods.
What you need to know
I work for a nonprofit that has immediate transportation needs. How do I get involved?
Lyft will provide free or reduced price rides to nonprofit organizations doing critical work to improve life in cities. Apply here to be considered to receive a one-time grant of Lyft ride credit to be used to support your community and further your impact.
For longer-term transportation needs, Lyft provides a platform for nonprofit partners to help get the people you care about to where they need to go, from employee transportation to volunteer and client rides. Our Lyft Concierge service allows you to request rides for anyone, including individuals who are unbanked or lack access to smartphones. Visit the Lyft Business page to learn more about ways that both large and small nonprofits are using Lyft to accomplish their missions.
How will Lyft determine where to invest in cities?
To guide our investments, we will form local advisory councils made up of Lyft drivers, employees, advocates, and civic leaders at work in their community. The councils will review local applications from nonprofit organizations and provide guidance to Lyft on potential infrastructure and environmental projects.
Lyft will continue to support grassroots work in all our markets, but will supercharge our impact with local advisory councils in a select number of cities in 2019, and scale to more places in 2020.
How can I get involved?
Lyft riders can Round Up & Donate to support the causes they care about. Opt in to the program through the Donate button in the menu (look for the heart) of your Lyft app. Once you turn it on and choose your cause, we’ll automatically round up each fare. On average, Round Up & Donate adds just a few total dollars per month, but your collective action makes a big difference.
If you have ideas on how Lyft can make an impact in your community, please fill out this simple form to tell us more about yourself and your ideas for how Lyft can make an impact. We will be in touch if there are strong opportunities for collaboration or involvement in your local council.
How does Lyft have an impact on cities every day?
Lyft is a platform connecting communities by helping people share the ride. Lyft is a critical piece of the transportation system, providing more than 1 billion rides so far, and helping the driver community — over 90% drive on a part-time basis — with $10 billion in earnings. Check out our 2019 Economic Impact Report to see how ridesharing is making cities more livable every day.