Time flies when you're sharing the ride! January 31st marked one year since Lyft launched in LA, giving us a great excuse for a colorful celebration. We gathered together on Saturday to honor the drivers and passengers who make it all possible, from our Community Rally last summer to Conan O'Brian's epic ride-along with Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and driver Anthony. LA has been filled with #LyftLove and excitement from the start!
From actors to musicians, photographers to pastry chefs, LA's creative professionals have been delighting in Lyft as a new outlet for self-expression — and a way to connect with other local artists. For many others, it's granted them the flexibility to pursue their dreams outside the 9-5. Basically, they've been blowing our minds with inspiration since Day One.
Our first Lyfty Awards, a tradition established when our SF community hit the one-year mark, celebrated ridesharing milestones and in-car creativity. Ten top drivers each took home a gold-trimmed 'stache to show off their success behind the wheel, including Ratings Superstar Ryan for rockin' the most consecutive 5-star ratings (he had 212!) and SweetLyft's Niki for Most Delicious Goody Giveaways.
Local bands Queen Caveat and The Dustbowl Revival kept us rockin', and our bellies were filled with delicious eats from a pair of LA food trucks (props to Hang 10 Tacos and Greenz on Wheelz!). We satisfied our sweet tooth with a decked-out Candy Bar and custom Lyft cake surrounded by hundreds of baby cupcakes. A local artist crafted caricatures of guests, while others posed with silly props in a photo booth.
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the first birthday of Lyft in Los Angeles. We can't wait to see what's in store for our next 365 days!
Congratulations to our Los Angeles Lyfty Award-Winners
- Most Rides in the Last Year: Steve Gilman (2800+ rides)
- Ratings Superstar: Ryan McCrary (212 consecutive 5-star ratings)
- Lyftstagrammer of the Year: Gilbert Aquino
- Twitter Superstar: Mike White
- Best Superbump: Keely Stinner (best Golden Fistbump Winner story)
- Most Delicious Goody Giveaway: Niki Nikatos (SweetLyft)
- Best Themed Lyft Experience: Steve Peters (Lebowski Lyft)
- Lounge Leader: Marc-Olivier Dubois
- Spectacular Passenger Kudos: Ryan Ghalehshahi
- VIP Award, formerly known as "The Earnest": Ruth Grayson (award now known as "The Grayson")