Through its City Works programme, the ride-sharing company will invest $50 million or 1 per cent of profits in locally-driven transportation or other initiatives.
Los Angeles is set to be the first beneficiary of a new initiative to “improve city life” from ride-sharing company Lyft. The company wants to work with civic leaders and other organisations to rebuild cities around people not vehicles.
Lyft plans to annually donate $50m or 1 per cent of profits – whichever is larger – through its City Works programme to support locally-driven transportation and other initiatives in every city in which it operates.
Lyft said its initiatives to support local groups in the LA area reflect the three key priorities of City Works: providing transportation; developing transportation infrastructure; and creating a clean energy future.
“[Lyft City Works] represents our long-term commitment to support cities across the country with sustainable, accessible, and connected transportation solutions, said Allen Narcisse, general manager of Southern California, Lyft.
“Through Lyft City Works, we will provide free and reduced-price rides to people who need them most. Homelessness is one of the biggest issues in Los Angeles, and we’re proud to partner with mayor Eric Garcetti’s A Bridge Home programme to do our part.”
Lyft will provide transportation to support the staff and communities of A Bridge Home’s partner organisations including the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Path and the People Concern.
Lyft also offers low-cost scooter rides to qualified low-income residents in Los Angeles through its community pass.
"Homelessness is one of the biggest issues in Los Angeles, and we’re proud to partner with mayor Eric Garcetti’s A Bridge Home programme to do our part”
In addition, Lyft is working with the LA to quickly and efficiently expand transportation infrastructure to connect underserved communities. Its Driver Centres will have electric vehicle charging stations to give drivers a way to reliably charge as well as incentivise more drivers to use them.
Lyft will also work with local nonprofit and civic partners to expand bikes and scooters into underserved areas of LA so they add value to these neighbourhoods.
Last year, Lyft committed to making every single ride carbon neutral and to this end it claims it has become one of the largest voluntary buyers of certified carbon offsets in the world.
In the LA region it said it has offset emissions equivalent to what is removed in one year by 5.8 million trees. Lyft also committed to 100 per cent renewable energy at each of its facilities.
It is also purchasing renewable energy credits through Green Power for a green LA programme.
To ensure it achieves the greatest possible impact for each city, Lyft said it will form local advisory councils made up of civic leaders and advocates, who will work alongside Lyft drivers and employees to guide City Works support.
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