Lyft dockless electric scooter
A Lyft dockless electric scooter. Courtesy of the company

Rideshare service Lyft announced Thursday it is joining Uber in offering dockless electric scooters in San Diego.

Lyft’s announcement follows the introduction of Uber scooters by one day and marks the fifth entrant in the local market after Bird, Lime, Razor and Uber.

“We’re thrilled to bring Lyft scooters to San Diego and provide safe, affordable and sustainable mobility options — all within a single app,” said Kyle Zuvella, marketing manager for Lyft Bikes & Scooters in San Diego. “Lyft is committed to a future with cities built around people instead of cars, and the integration of scooters helps to further this movement.”

The company’s scooters can be reserved and unlocked using the Lyft ridesharing app. The cost is $1 to unlock and 10 cents for each minute of travel.

Lyft said it is working with the City of San Diego to distribute scooters near trolley stations, beach communities and areas it describes as “transportation deserts.”

Through the end of the year, Lyft will donate $1 for every scooter ride taken to Circulate San Diego in support of safety in the community.

“Circulate San Diego is excited to see Lyft provide new dockless mobility choices for San Diego. We are also grateful that they are committed to our Vision Zero campaign to keep our streets safe for all users, including new scooter riders,” said Colin Parent, executive director and general counsel of Circulate San Diego.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.