On September 18, Lyft released case studies from urban planners, detailing what it would look like to shift from cars and buses to bikes and pedestrians. The studies focused on Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C.
The plans detail resilient streets, which include wider sidewalks and more bus and bike lanes. Details like adding more bikeshare stations and lanes to ride those bikes in would benefit Lyft directly. According to CNN Business, Lyft was motivated by steps cities have taken during the COVID-19 pandemic to embrace car alternatives. There were also concerns that cities will revert to their car-centric ways.
According to Caroline Samponaro, who leads micromobility at Lyft, “We’ve spent the last couple decades trying to dig ourselves out of the mess of building our transportation systems around single occupancy vehicles. We don’t want overnight for us to go backwards there.” Overall, Lyft wants to make cities more effective and efficient.
With multimodal transportation in urban areas, there’s less need to people to own cars. Residents would be able to rely on Lyft’s different services, including ride hailing, share bikes, and electric scooters.
Transportation and planning experts welcomed Lyft’s proposal. According to Gabe Klein, a partner at the city planning group CityFi, who previously led transportation departments in Chicago and Washington, D.C., “Those of us in the business, we know cities need to reallocate space away from single occupancy vehicles. This amplifies a very positive message.”
This is not the first time Lyft has proposed redesigning streets. In 2017, the company presented a concept for how Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles could be redesigned. From the most recent case study, one of the proposals is to build bus and bike lanes on M Street in Southwest Washington D.C. Currently, the broad street caters to many lanes of car traffic.
While multimodal commuting has a number of benefits, it means that drivers will need to be even more focused on the task of safely operating their vehicle. In the event a driver fails to see a bicyclist or e-scooter rider and causes an accident, the consequences could be catastrophic.
If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, whether you were in a rideshare vehicle or were struck by a rideshare driver, you may be able to take legal action. The Rideshare Law Group can evaluate your situation. Contact us today to learn more.