Bike-sharing service Lyft launched its bike-sharing program in San Francisco last week, and the company has since rolled out several other bike-share programs in other cities, including Seattle and Los Angeles.
But the company’s success in San Jose and San Francisco has raised the question of whether ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can replicate the success of its competitors.
Lyft, for example, offers a more traditional, on-demand experience for passengers, while Uber has been rolling out more on-Demand services for several months.
Uber also offers a free ride for customers who sign up for a carpool, but Lyft’s new bike-hailing program, called Lyft Bike Share, offers rides for just $1 per trip.
And unlike Uber and UberPool, Lyft BikeShare is not required to pay for a fare and does not offer a discount.
The company has not disclosed how much it charges per trip, or what riders can and can’t do with the bike.
In a blog post announcing the program, Lyft said it has “worked hard to make sure that this new program is as convenient as possible,” but that it will have to expand the program to meet the demand of riders who use the app more than once a month.
UberPool’s ride-share model, Lyft added, has been “the fastest growing of the ride-hail companies” and it is now the most popular for San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angles.
But while Lyft has been offering rides for $1 a trip, UberPool is not for sale.
Lyft has said it is testing the new program on a limited number of bikes in San José and San Fran.
Lyft said the new ride-to-work model will eventually be expanded to other cities and said that it is still in talks with the city of San Jose about possible bike share contracts.
“We’ll have more to share on this at a later date,” Lyft said in a statement.
“It is our intention to expand Lyft Bikeshare into more locations over time.”
The company is also testing ride-by-ride in San Diego, which it plans to expand to all of its locations within the next year, and Lyft said that a pilot project is being done in Seattle.
Lyft says it has already started paying for bikes that have not been registered.
Lyft’s plans are in contrast to UberPool that requires a rider to pay a monthly membership fee, and Uber has recently expanded its rideshare program to include both a monthly and yearly fee.
The ride-hire company, which is owned by ride-services company Lyft, has faced stiff competition from ride-shares like UberPool and LyftPool.
Both ride-Hire and Lyft have faced backlash from consumers and critics who say that ride-hare services do not offer the same level of security and customer service as the traditional taxi industry.
Lyft declined to say how many rides it has received in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, where it currently operates.
Lyft also declined to provide a breakdown of how much revenue its ridesharing program has generated for its founders and investors.
But Lyft said last month that it has reached a $1 billion valuation.
“I can’t wait to see how Lyft continues to innovate in the coming years,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.