So you have questions about scooters?

How do Lyft Scooters work?

When scooters are available, the icon will appear on the homescreen of your Lyft app. Tap it to see nearby scooters, then scan the QR code on the scooter to start your ride. You can also reserve a scooter for up to 15 minutes by tapping 'Reserve.'

How much does it cost to ride a scooter?

It costs $1 to unlock a scooter and 26 cents for each minute you ride. This includes reservation time and hold time as well.

Are Lyft Scooters available near me?

The map in your Lyft app will show the area where Lyft Scooters are located and available. If you would like Lyft Scooters to come to your area, you can fill out this form to submit a request.

When can I ride the scooter?

Lyft Scooters are available to ride 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Where can I ride the scooters?

  • Please always ride your scooter in the street or in a bike lane when it’s available. Don’t ever ride on sidewalks. A map of Santa Monica's bike infrastructure can be found here.

  • Please do not ride your scooter on or in:

    • Venice Beach Boardwalk / Ocean Front Walk
    • Venice Beach Bike Path
    • Venice Canals
    • Third Street Promenade
    • Santa Monica Pier and Pier Bridge
    • Santa Monica public parks
    • West Hollywood
    • Beverly Hills
  • We have scooters in Los Angeles, too. Follow the rules of the road, including all motor-vehicle laws and ordinances in the City of Los Angeles.

What are the requirements to ride a scooter?

You must be 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license (you will be required to scan your license before starting a scooter ride). Please wear a helmet and appropriate footwear while riding your scooter.

How do I unlock a scooter?

You can unlock a Lyft Scooter by tapping the Scan button in the Lyft app and pointing your phone’s camera at the QR code located on the scooter’s handlebars. You can also unlock a scooter by tapping the Unlock button after reserving it ahead of time.

How do I reserve a Lyft Scooter before starting a ride?

To reserve a scooter, select a nearby scooter in the Lyft app by tapping Reserve. You can reserve a scooter for up to 15 minutes, and you will be charged the standard 26 cents per minute rate while the scooter is reserved. Once you unlock the scooter, you will be charged the $1 unlock fee.

How does the scooter work?

Kick-start the ground twice and press the throttle on the right-hand side of the handlebar to accelerate. The brake is located on the left-hand side. Hold down the brake on the left-hand side of the handlebar to slow down. Battery level is displayed on the handlebar and in the Lyft app.

How do I pause a ride?

You can make a stop during a ride anytime by simply tapping Lock. Please be sure to park your scooter out of the way while your ride is paused. When you come back to your scooter, tap Unlock to keep riding. You will continue to be charged 26 cents per minute during any stops.

How do I end a ride?

To end your ride, park the scooter appropriately and tap End ride. You will be required to take a photo of the parked scooter to end your ride. You’ll have the chance to confirm your payment, rate your ride, provide feedback, or report any issues to our support team.

Where can I park the scooter?

  • At the end of your ride, please be mindful of others when parking your scooter — use bike racks or park by the curb at all times. Do not park adjacent to, or within, a transit zone, loading zone, fire hydrants, curb ramps, entryway, driveway, or parklet. Do not block sidewalks, pathways, or wheelchair ramps. And, as a bonus, be sure to check out the Lyft app when you park near a transit zone for any potential discounts.

  • Do not park in the following areas: Ocean Front Walk, beach parking lots, public parking facilities, 3rd Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, Pier Bridge, Palisades Park, public parks, or transit stops.

  • Please do not park or ride your scooter on the beach bike path.

Can I rent a scooter for my friend, too?

Sorry, you cannot rent a scooter for your friend. You can only rent a scooter for yourself. Your friend will need their own account.

Can I ride Lyft Scooters up hills?

Yes, scooters can travel up most hills. You can help them by kicking against the ground to maintain speed.

How do I report a broken scooter?

To report a broken scooter, tap the icon in the app and let us know what’s wrong.

Do you offer any discounted plans or flat-rate rides?

Yes, Lyft offers a reduced rate for individuals who qualify. You may qualify for a reduced rate if you are enrolled in the Big Blue Bus Low Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program, Calfresh, Medicaid, SNAP or the SCE Energy Savings Assistance Program, as well as qualifying students at Santa Monica College. Apply for the Community Pass here.

Can I request a scooter ride from my computer?

We are currently working to support users without smartphones. Stay tuned for updates.

What are the safety requirements for Lyft Scooter rides?

  • We ask that you exercise caution when requesting a scooter ride and avoid anything that may impede your ability to safely ride. This may include carrying heavy items or riding in bad weather. It is illegal to operate a scooter under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Before riding, please check that the brakes and lights are working and perform a Safety Check as set forth in the Terms of Service.

  • Obey all applicable California Vehicle Code requirements

  • Ride in a manner that is safe and courteous to others

  • Ride one person per device

  • Park in appropriate locations, including designated drop zones

  • Pay associated penalties for violation of any of the above

  • Always wear a helmet while operating a scooter.

  • Helmet use is essential to reduce injury in the event of a crash or fall.

  • When preparing for a left turn, please stop and dismount as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway and complete the turn by crossing the roadway on foot.

  • Do not carry any other passengers on the scooter.

  • Do not carry any packages or other articles that may prevent you from keeping your hands on the handlebars.

What are your Terms of Service for scooters?

Check them out here.

Where can I pick up my free helmet?

Click here to find the closest location to pick up your free helmet.

Can I use my commuter benefits to pay for my scooter ride?

Sorry, you cannot pay for your scooter ride with your commuter benefits.