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New line of electric scooters wheels into Dallas via launch from Lyft

New line of electric scooters wheels into Dallas via launch from Lyft

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We'll do anything not to walk. Photo courtesy of Lyft

Dallas gets another transportation option with a new player in the world of electric scooters: Lyft, best known as the popular ride-share company, is adding dockless electric scooters to the Lyft lineup in Dallas.

Dallas is the third city in Texas where Lyft is offering scooters. The company made its Texas debut in December 2018 in Austin, then added San Antonio in February.

Odi Agenmonmen, Texas market manager for Lyft Bikes & Scooters, says they're thrilled to bring scooters to Dallas, and to "provide a safe, affordable, and sustainable way to move around — all within a single app."

"Lyft is committed to a future where Dallas is built around people instead of cars — and scooters only help to further this movement locally," Agenmonmen says.

Lyft joins a crowded scene. Electric scooters first arrived in Dallas in July 2018, via Lime and Bird. They were followed by Razor, who introduced electric scooters in Dallas in October.

Lime subsequently launched in Plano in November. Uber arrived in Dallas in January 2019 under the name "Jump." More recently, Lime launched a site-specific service for the campus of SMU in March.

Lyft's scooters will be built into the existing Lyft app, and here's a plus: Riders can reserve scooters ahead of time. They're priced at the going rate: They cost $1 to unlock and 15 cents for each minute you ride.

Their Dallas launch is accompanied by a feelgood initiative called the Community Pass, a low-income, discount program that costs $5 per month and includes unlimited 30-minute rides within the service area.

In a blog post, Lyft president and co-founder John Zimmer lays out Lyft's vision for how Lyft bikes and scooters will reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled, increase public transportation trips, and provide equitable transportation solutions for all.

"We will invest $1M alongside local nonprofits to bring transportation equity to underserved neighborhoods," the post says. "Lyft Bikes and Scooters will be our most affordable transportation options, and will extend mobility to communities that have historically been underserved. We will work alongside leading local nonprofits and community groups across the country like TransForm. Together we will develop income eligible programs and community outreach to ensure transportation access and affordability to those who need it most."

Totally admirable. It's a pity that the current service area — which for now extends from the Design District on the west, Knox Henderson to the north, and downtown/Deep Ellum to the south — is not what you would call a low-income zone.

If you leave parked scooters outside of this area, you will be fined.