Lyft pulls scooters from 6 cities, says it'll move toward 'bigger opportunities'
The ride-hailing company also lays off 20 employees from its bike and scooter team.Six markets in total will be losing Lyft's scooters, as first reported by TechCrunch, including Nashville, Tennessee; San Antonio; Atlanta; Dallas; Columbus, Ohio; and the Phoenix area.
Lyft is working closely with cities across North America to ensure Lyft Scooters are available to anybody who needs a low-cost mode of transportation. The Lyft Community Pass offers residents of scooter service areas an easy, affordable way to get around. Where to find us .
Lyft is scooting out of five other cities at the same time: Atlanta ; Columbus, Ohio; Nashville, Tenn. On Wednesday, the city extended its scooter ordinance to March 31 as officials work to come up with regulations in response to safety concerns about the vehicles, which can travel up to 20 mph.
Lyft is eliminating its scooter operation in Atlanta, nearly a year after the devices were deployed in the city, a spokesperson confirmed Friday in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The electric scooters will leave the city Nov. 22. The company launched in Atlanta Dec. 21, just two days after rival Uber began its own scooter service in the city.
"We're grateful to our scooter riders in Atlanta as well as our partners in Atlanta city government," read the statement. "We look forward to continuing to provide riders with other modes of reliable transportation."
Lyft driver assaulted by Orange County deputy speaks out
An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been relieved of his duties after he was arrested Saturday morning. Orlando police arrested Troy Heyer after he pointed a gun at a driver for the rideshare app Lyft. Sign up for our Newsletters The driver told investigators that after dropping Heyer off at his home, Heyer went inside and shortly after came back out with a gun and pointed it the driver. "These are very serious criminal allegations. As law enforcement officers, we must be held to the highest standards of conduct, whether on duty or off duty," said Sheriff John Mina.
Lyft is scaling back its scooter operations in several cities across the US . The ride-hailing company implied Friday that ridership hasn't been what was expected in these cities , so it' s focusing on other places. Six markets in total will be losing Lyft ' s scooters , as first reported by TechCrunch, including
Atlanta City Council. Atlanta is among the first U . S . cities that will offer Lyft ’ s e- scooters , according to a news release. Unlike the competition, however, Lyft is working with city officials “to place docks for riders to park their scooters on streets in areas where there is high demand and near transit
The decision comes amid discussions about Atlanta's regulation of electric scooters. The city is considering reducing the number of scooter companies operating in the city.
The Lyft spokesperson said they're focusing on markets that have the biggest impact. The spokesperson also confirmed the company is eliminating services in five other cities, including Dallas, San Antonio and Nashville.
Twenty employees are expected to be laid off as a result of the decision.
Lyft is the latest micromobility company to leave Atlanta. Uber's electric bikes,, left the city in September.
Uber fined $650 million by New Jersey over driver classification .
The ride-hailing company is challenging the fine and says "drivers are independent contractors in New Jersey and elsewhere."The labor department reportedly has been trying to get unpaid employment taxes from Uber going back as far as 2015, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg Law. It said the company owed the state $523 million in overdue taxes along with another $119 million in interest and penalties for the last four years. Uber disputes these findings.