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I'm a Lyftangelist. This blog was created to be a voice for LA Lyft passengers. I am not employed by Lyft. I took on this initiative after the cease and desist letter was presented to Lyft in LA. Lyft is providing quality service in an otherwise fragmented industry and providing safer options for transportation in our community. Keep LA Lyft alive!

Sarah's Lyft Story

Another Lyftacular story submitted by L.A. passenger, Sarah. Thank you, Sarah!


Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a student here in L.A. I moved her over the winter holiday from a small town in Illinois. I'm scared to death to drive in L.A. traffic.  I had a few experiences with cab rides that made me want to cry. A friend told me about Lyft and I fell in love with the service the first time I used it. I couldn't believe how friendly my driver was and how safe I felt.

The best features about Lyft to me is that the drivers are friendly, I always feel safe and they always have cell phone chargers. My phone is always dying and I have a mom hundreds of miles away who worries about me all the time living in a big city like L.A. so when I use Lyft, I can always be reachable. It's also affordable for me as well.

It would make life in L.A. difficult for me if Lyft went away. Please keep Lyft alive!

#LyftLove

Sarah

Save the Stache

I know where I'll be tomorrow night! I hope to see you there, too.

Show your support to Save the Stache in LA! Join us as drivers, passengers, friends, and family rally together for the first-ever Lyft Community Meeting tomorrow night, 7:00-9:00pm in Culver City.
In the two weeks since Lyft received a cease and desist, our movement has grown even stronger thanks to you. We’d love to bring everyone together to share your personal stories of why you Lyft, showing city officials how peer-to-peer transportation makes LA safer, more affordable, and more connected.

There'll be food, drinks, music and of course, an amazing group of people there to share Lyft stories, including Lyft co-founder John Zimmer. If you’re interested in speaking at the event to share your story, please email Austin at communityLA@lyft.com.

Please RSVP using the email address on your Lyft account, and feel free to invite your friends and family. We'd love to meet them!

#LyftLove

Britt's Lyft Story

Another Lyftactular submission from a happy Lyft passenger! Thank you, Britt!

First of all, I am terrified of cabs. Don't know why but I have had a fear of cabs since I was a kid, so I avoid them at all costs. When I didn't have a ride to the airport, I was stricken with fear that I would have to beckon a cab, scrambling to find a gracious friend. 

Then I remembered Lyft - I've heard nothing but great things and something about the concept doesn't scare me. Maybe its knowing that I will be taken care of by a peer, someone I can connect with and not feel chaperoned by. My Lyft driver arrived quickly, took directions well, wasn't a crazy driver, wasn't seeking out the slowest routes and didn't criticize my last-minute manner (he basically had 30 minutes to get me to Burbank from Hancock Park at the start of rush hour). I felt comfortable and taken care of and loved that I didn't have to scramble for cash or argue over the fare. 

From a girl who will never take a cab anyway.

THANKS LYFT for offering a service for people like me. :]

Britt

Casey's Lyft Story

Another Lyft story submission. This one is from Casey. Thank you for sharing, Casey!
Bad cab experience:

Literally robbed by a cab driver. We were counting out our tip for the driver and he took every last dollar we were holding in our hands.

Lyft experience:

Consistently getting rides from courteous people and the ability to directly call my driver is such a huge deal to me. I get stuck in really strange places. Thoughtful rides from Glendale to WeHo as well the huge savings have made it one of the best ways to get home. Huge, huge thank you especially since I do not live in Cali year round.

Vivian's Lyft Story

Another Lyftastic submission from an LA Lyft passenger! Thanks for sharing, Vivian.


I moved here in 2006 from NYC. I can't believe how expensive it is to take cabs in this city and there is zero public transportation...unless you want to wait a million years for a bus and then transfer 10 times.

On the weekends when I want to go out, typical LA cabs routinely take 45-60 minutes to arrive (after prolonged, obnoxious conversations with dispatch); They refuse to take credit cards, or bully me in to stopping at ATMs; They are unable to figure out navigation devices (forcing me to guide them step-by-step on my iPhone or get charged extra when they keep 'getting lost'); They are just generally unpleasant and rude.

Not so with Lyft... the fare is always reasonable, the drivers professional and the service quick and easy.

Lyft has saved me on numerous occasions and it has kept many of my friends from driving home drunk out of sheer desperation.

Long Live Lyft!

Vivian

The Chronicles of a Chronic Lyfter


Tonight I scheduled a Lyft home and was picked up by Charan. As usual, a wonderful conversation began and per usual, I quizzed Charan about his history with Lyft. (There's no awkward silences when I'm around. I'm always chatting and extremely inquisitive. And that's probably another reason I get along with Lyft drivers too; THEY are fantastic conversationalists!)  I learned that Charan is one of the original LA Lyft drivers. He's been around since LA's Lyft-off and absolutely LOVES his job as a Lyft driver.

Charan said working for Lyft has allowed him to pursue some of his dreams and the more he Lyfts, the stronger he gets. In fact, he can't stop Lyfting. He's a chronic Lyfter. There's even a video to prove it. Watch below.



Thanks for the Lyft, Charan. You are Lyftastic!

Lyftsavers


If you've been following the Keep LA Lyft Alive blog up to now, you basically know I had a bad cab experience while balancing on my 6" Loubies. (Aw, poor princess you must be thinking, right?) Well, trust me, my love and dedication to Lyft expands well beyond the finer treatment towards my well heeled tootsies.

Now it's time to share the serious stuff. Keep reading.

As I mentioned in my Lyftiversary post, I have been a Lyft passenger for three months. In those three months, I've had two exasperating health situations where Lyft was involved getting me to the immediate care I needed; with ease and comfort. I'll share one of those situations with you now.

During the last week of May, I returned home from one of my business trips and started experiencing severe pain in my left leg. The pain got so intense, I could barely put any pressure on my leg at all. Since moving to LA two years ago, I haven't really had the need to find a general practitioner so I had no idea what to do or where to go. Through google search, I found an urgent care clinic in Beverly Hills that would see me right away. I was home alone and it was a week day; most of my friends were in the middle of their work day and with LA traffic who knows how soon one could get to me anyway.

I scheduled a Lyft.

Within about 8 minutes, Erin arrived at my home to pick me up. Here's an interesting twist, this was Erin's fourth time picking me up. (I LOVE her!) I was just as comfortable with Erin taking me to the urgent care clinic as I would've been had a friend picked me up. We talked about the pain I was experiencing and she was so thoughtful and considerate of my inability to walk normally that she made it a point to get me as close to the urgent care clinic's door as possible. After my visit (and being diagnosed and treated for lateral band syndrome and tendonitis), I scheduled a Lyft home. This time Jamie picked me up and the ride home was just as pleasant as my ride to the clinic. When we arrived to my home, Jamie wished me a fast and speedy recovery. I apologized for having to exit his car so slowly due to my sore leg and he responded very calmly, "take as much time as you need."

I seriously felt like these were my friends helping me through a physically toilsome situation. From Erin making sure I was as close to the clinic door as possible to Jamie wishing me a fast and speedy recovery, I was treated in a way that we should all treat one another; with care and respect.

Many say that the human touch has been lost with the fast, ever-changing growth of technology surrounding our lives, but companies like Lyft are proving the exact opposite. Because of the incident I shared in this post and one other health emergency situation (which I will share another time) where Lyft was involved, I lovingly refer to Lyft every now and then as my Lyftsavers.


Cue Sting's Message in a Bottle...

"...sending out an SOS!"

Give the Gift of Lyft...and Life


Keep yourself and your friends alive,
make oaths you will never drink and drive. 
If you're having cocktails, wine or beer on tap,
make sure you're equipped with that friendly app.
A floating pink balloon, a pink mustache,
a friendly driver who picks you up in a dash.
Don't fight for your keys, don't quarrel and strife,
because Lyft is a gift...and could save your life. 

--

Hey, I never claimed to be a poet, but you get the point.

Drink responsibly, friends.
Download Lyft now.
"Your friend with a car."