Celebrating Earth Day With $1K for Environmentally-Conscious Drivers

Last week, we took a big step to reduce our carbon footprint: we committed to making every Lyft ride carbon-neutral. Your decision to drive with Lyft will support the fight against climate change, and we want to honor your role in Lyft’s historic move.

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So we’re giving $1,000 each to five US drivers and five Canadian drivers who go the extra mile to advance our vision for environmental sustainability. In partnership with REI, we will also award some drivers with family passes to America's national parks and REI gift cards — just in time to help you get outside this summer.

Whether you’re organizing beach cleanups, volunteering at the community garden, or always remembering to recycle, share your story for a chance to win our Driving Green Cities contest.

  1. Share your story. Tell us about your passion for environmental sustainability, and how you’re pitching in for the planet. Send us an email at stories@lyft.com with the subject line “Driving Green Cities.” We’ll accept nominations through May 4.

  2. Watch for the winners. We’ll evaluate the nominations, and announce the winners before the end of May 2018.

Terms and restrictions apply. See Canada driver terms and USA driver terms.

 

Driver of the Month: Blake, an Express Drive renter using dream car Tesla Model X to delight passengers

Lyft's Oregon team is piloting a "Driver of the Month" program, and we're honored to shine a light on Express Drive renter, Blake! With 2,385 lifetime rides and a stellar rating, Blake was able to use Lyft's Express Drive rental program to get behind the wheel of his dream car, a Tesla Model X! Pictured here with Owen, an Oregon Lyft team member, Blake shows off a gas card and his awesome ride. 

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What passengers think about Blake

"Best driver ever! Went the extra mile, literally. He should own Lyft, what a wonderful person! Stay up bruh!" - Alex
"Left my phone in Blake's car at the airport, and he managed to get it back to me before I had to leave for my flight. THANK YOU BLAKE YOU ARE THE BEST!!" - Lauren
"Great conversationalist and helped with getting my baggage in and out of the car. Thank you Blake!" - Ariana
"I love Blake" - Ryan

Stay tuned for more details about how you can get involved in the Driver of the Month program in Oregon, and beyond. 

Connecting Lyft's Driver Community

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At Lyft, community is what we are and it’s what we do. It’s what makes us different. To create the best ride for all, we start in our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization. In Lyft's early days, drivers regularly met up to connect, share a cup of coffee or a meal and even participate in fun drivers-only outings like bowling. 

    Lyft's DC team - led by Marketing Associate, Brandon - invited the city's most engaged drivers to a Driver Community Roundtable. The Roundtable gave drivers the opportunity to voice their opinions on recent initiatives and discuss their perspectives to improve their driving experience. 

 

Lyft's DC team - led by Marketing Associate, Brandon - invited the city's most engaged drivers to a Driver Community Roundtable. The Roundtable gave drivers the opportunity to voice their opinions on recent initiatives and discuss their perspectives to improve their driving experience. 

The Driver Advisory Council will begin hosting monthly driver meetups in Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York City, Seattle and Austin. Bobby - the DAC member from Nashville - kicked things off on April 3rd with a Taco Tuesday meetup. In LA, Dianne - the DAC member for the Pacific region - organized a driver meet and greet / focus group that took place at the Los Angeles Hub. Check out photos below and stay tuned for details on more meetups. 

Los Angeles Driver Focus Group + Meet and Greet

Hosted by Dianne in LA

Nashville Taco Tuesday Driver Meetup

Hosted by Bobby in Nashville

Vegas Art Event: Ready, Set, Gogh

In Las Vegas, Lyft hosted Ready, Set, Gogh, an event that transformed the Las Vegas Hub into an art gallery, displaying and celebrating the artwork designed by our drivers. 

Highlights:

  • Turned hub space into a platform where drivers proudly showcased their passion that Lyft supports
  • Turned parking lot into a safe outdoor celebration that drivers and their families can enjoy
  • Sponsored two drivers with the best design at a gallery space in the heart of Art District
  • Printed two winning designs on t-shirts to spread their passion to 200+ members of the Las Vegas driver community

Check out the photos below. 

Thank You to Our Driver Advisory Council Founding Members

When the seven original drivers joined the Driver Advisory Council in 2016, they weren’t quite sure what to expect — but they did know they were passionate about advocating for Lyft’s driver community. Their leadership and support has shaped the DAC into what it is today — a bridge between HQ and drivers all over the nation. We’re grateful for their amazing contributions.

 The founding DAC with leaders from the Marketing team in San Francisco in August 2017. 

The founding DAC with leaders from the Marketing team in San Francisco in August 2017. 

Out of the top 100 programs, product features, and policy changes that the DAC have recommended, 20 have already been completed, and 41 are currently being designed, tested, or coded. Express Pay, ratings protection, and the lost and found bonus are just a few of the most-appreciated driver experiences that the DAC has advocated for. A huge thank you for all that you do.

Read on for a Q&A with each of your founding DAC members.

Ariana, Detroit

  • Represented the Midwest region
  • Driver since 2014; has given more than 9,300 rides
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What do you want drivers to know about your experience with the DAC? It was reassuring to know that HQ was listening and making improvements to benefit drivers. Positive changes — locally and nationwide — have been considered and implemented.

Any farewell thoughts for the driver community? It was an honor to serve in the DAC. I have faith in José as he carries the torch in the Midwest.

Brian, Seattle

  • Represented the Northwest region
  • Driver since 2013; has given more than 2,000 rides

What do you want drivers to know about your experience with the DAC? The DAC is a vital link between the driver community, HQ in San Francisco, and the local teams in places like Seattle — where I am based. Be sure to attend an upcoming driver meetup and get in touch with your regional DAC member if you have suggestions! I'm honored to pass the reins to Roma in the Northwest. He's a great guy!

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What do you envision for the future of the DAC? A diverse group of drivers from a diverse array of cities who continue to be a touchpoint/sanity check for new ideas in the pipeline, as well as changes to existing offerings. In the future, I can see a representative from smaller markets working with drivers who would have a more regional focus.

What are you most proud of from your DAC tenure? The A-ha! moments during our weekly calls when HQ employees would receive game-changing feedback from our group.

Any farewell thoughts for the driver community? I really enjoyed the experience, and the drivers with whom I was able to interact ...from Oregon all the way up to Fairbanks!

Daniel, Denver

  • Represented the Southwest region
  • Driver since 2014; has given more than 9,800 rides
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What do you envision for the future of the DAC? I envision the DAC figuring more prominently into HQ’s decision-making process. This will result in cost savings for Lyft based on reduced wasted time and effort on engineering resources and program management, beta testing, etc.

What are you most proud of from your DAC tenure? I am proud of my work with drivers in Salt Lake City, Utah. There was no airport queue in SLC which resulted in unsafe and dangerous practices around waiting places for airport passengers. Through the DAC, HQ fast-tracked the implementation of an airport queue. Airport pickups became more safe and drivers were able to see that the DAC could resolve issues for them.

Djuana, Washington, DC

  • Represented the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Driver since 2014; has given more than 4,000 rides

What do you envision for the future of the DAC? To continue being the voice of the driver, especially in markets that have little to no representation.  

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What are you most proud of from your DAC tenure? We were able to develop from an obscure entity that simply "existed" into a more visible catalyst for the driver's voice.

Any farewell thoughts for the driver community? It was my pleasure to serve the Mid-Atlantic region. Thank you for the opportunity.

Michael, San Francisco

  • Represented the Pacific region
  • Driver since 2013; has given more than 21,000 rides
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What do you want drivers to know about your experience with the DAC? Serving on the DAC introduced me to a diverse group of tremendous people, including drivers, HQ'ers, and even some passengers. The common bond for all was Lyft...a remarkable platform that creates a uniform commitment to success and continual improvement. As such, I'm both proud and humbled to have been asked to serve.

What are you most proud of from your DAC tenure? The DAC compiled hundreds of great suggestions from drivers throughout the United States. Our suggestions continue to influence decision-making that, in the long run, will make a real difference to the driver community.

Any farewell thoughts for the driver community? Thanks for the opportunity to serve the Pacific region. I hope I've done you proud. Everyone at Lyft HQ is 100% committed to the success of the broader driver community, and understands that whatever success they achieve is solely dependent upon the driver community. They may not always do everything we ask of them, but their dedication and commitment is very, very real.

Qas, Boston

  • Represented the Northeast region
  • Driver since 2014; has given more than 11,000 rides
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What do you want drivers to know about your experience with the DAC? I was able to work with talented Lyft leaders and take trips to HQ. I enjoyed meeting with the app developers and being one of the first drivers to test the amp and new product features in the Driver app.

What do you envision for the future of the DAC? I would like to see the DAC be comprised of the most experienced and community-oriented drivers with compassion to lead.

Rachel, Atlanta

  • Represented the Southeast region
  • Driver since 2013; has given 150 rides and hundreds of hours mentoring and on-boarding new Atlanta drivers
  • Alumni of Lyft’s Ambassador Program
  • Recently hired as a full-time Lyft employee in the Atlanta office, supporting Express Drive
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What do you want drivers to know about your experience with the DAC? The experience on the DAC provided valuable insight into the inner workings of Lyft. During my time with the DAC, I realized the company cares tremendously for the driving community. I also gained insight into daily struggles drivers face throughout the country.  

What do you envision for the future of the DAC? My vision for the future DAC is to be a springboard for the future success of Lyft — drivers and HQ working together to build a better platform.

What are you most proud of from your DAC tenure? I am most proud of the number of drivers I was able to connect with in-person at driver meetups. I was lucky enough to have hosted over 30 driver meetups across the 10 states of the Southeast region and met with over 1,000 drivers face-to-face. I gathered a unique perspective from various cities. One example that made me really happy recently was working with Divinity at HQ to get amps launched in Savannah, Georgia ahead of St Patrick's Day 2018. I feel happy that I brought some smaller cities into the Lyft family by giving them not only a voice, but reminding them that they are not alone out there on the road.

Any farewell thoughts for the driver community? I encourage every driver in the Lyft family to go out and make a difference — be it supporting a new driver, or making a difference in a passenger’s day. The DAC is in a unique position to propel the Lyft movement forward. I encourage drivers to reach out to your region’s DAC representative and let your voices be heard. Please don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and get involved. Contact your rep, apply to the DAC yourself during the next application cycle, and get involved. The DAC is YOUR voice, let it be heard!

Rewarding 3 Exceptional Lyft Ladies

For Women’s History Month, we created the #LyftLadies contest to celebrate contributions from exceptional women in the Lyft community. We received hundreds of nominations — each of them representing the diversity of our driver community — and we’re excited for you to meet the winners.

Faren, our $250 winner

 Faren is a part-time Lyft driver and full-time leader in her community's farm to table movement. 

Faren is a part-time Lyft driver and full-time leader in her community's farm to table movement. 

A vegetable farmer from Oregon, Faren drives with Lyft to earn extra cash when she’s not running her business. As a leader in the farm-to-table movement, Faren can be found at her local farmers’ market selling nutritious goodies from her one-woman operation. Here is what Faren has to say about her passion for agriculture, nutrition and Lyft:

“I love providing local, healthy, naturally grown foods for my community. I also have wonderful conversations about gardening, cooking, preserving, and food justice issues with the smiling folks who visit my booth. Driving with Lyft in my off season months, and in my spare time during the growing season, has helped me to continue this farming endeavor that means so much to me!”

 

 


Sonja, our $500 winner

Sonja is an entrepreneur and student at the University of Texas, Austin, where she studies Arabic and French. Sonja has given over 2,500 rides over the past three years. She has completed culinary school, and owned a bakery, and raised more than $100K for charitable causes like Amnesty International. Her dream is to be a translator for the UN so she can join the fight for human rights around the world —especially rights for women.

When asked to describe Sonja’s impact on others in her community, her friend told us:

“Sonja is such an inspiration. She works so hard to reach her goals and never stops learning. She takes dance classes, she horseback rides every week, and she pays for it all by driving with Lyft. She also models from time to time and she's still painting.”
 5.0 star Lyft driver Sonja during one of her horseback riding adventures.

5.0 star Lyft driver Sonja during one of her horseback riding adventures.


Paula, our $1,000 winner

 Paula and her two amazing children.

Paula and her two amazing children.

Paula is a single mom of two children: her college-bound, 17-year-old son and her 13-year-old daughter. Paula drives with Lyft in Baltimore to supplement the income from her full-time job so she can save for her son’s college tuition.

Paula’s daughter was born with a rare genetic disorder that left her with multiple disabilities. Inspired by her daughter’s strength to survive, Paula has fought for her daughter’s right to education and equal treatment —advocating for not only her daughter but other kids with disabilities as well. Through her work as an advocate, Paula has collaborated with her local school district, State legislators, and the Department of Education to demand solutions for children with disabilities.

When she decided to start driving for Lyft last year, Paula was nervous but she soon discovered that Lyft was a flexible economic opportunity that gave her the chance to drive towards her goals of subsidizing her son’s college tuition.

Paula says:

“From the first night I began driving, I was pleasantly surprised by the riders I have been connected with. Everyone was pleasant and made me know I made the right decision to drive with Lyft. Many times, after conversing with my riders, I realized that just sharing my life experiences was a form of encouragement and appeared to uplift them. It made me feel good to know I had the power to make someone’s day by, sometimes, just being a listener. I also decided to add snacks, gum, water, and a warm blanket to the backseat to brighten a rider’s day and make them feel special. Initially, I started driving to earn extra money for my son’s college education and my driving experience has evolved into a wonderful experience.”

Thanks to everyone who shared their #LyftLadies story or nominated a woman from Lyft’s amazing driver community. Even if you weren't selected this time, keep an eye out for our next contest — to be announced in April.