Oakland Mayor Schaaf, Lyft, TransForm Announce Transportation Partnership

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2019)

The Mayor’s Office sent this press release to Zennie62Media.

, CA — Today Mayor , TransForm and Lyft announced a groundbreaking new joint partnership designed to bring more transportation options to historically underserved ers. This unique coming-together of government, business, and the non-profit sector will invest in community-led transportation solutions, including a new free bike library, free Lyft rides for low-income residents, and new community parklets.

“We know that transportation means more than just a way to get around – it’s a key to social and economic mobility,” said Mayor Schaaf. “This exciting partnership is about undoing the wrongs of the past, building the sustainable future our city needs, and putting us on the track toward a multimodal transportation network that truly meets the needs of all ers.”

“At Lyft, we believe it is our civic responsibility to make cities better places to live,” said Lyft Co-Founder and President John Zimmer. “We know that transportation is a major key to unlocking economic mobility. We also know that transportation has been inaccessible for far too many communities for far too long. We have a unique opportunity to set a new standard for transportation equity and inclusiveness.”

“Low-income residents and communities of color have been passed over time and time again by transportation investment,” said Clarrissa Cabansagan, TransForm’s New Mobility Policy Director. “We’ve worked with local partners for years to press government and tech mobility companies to serve East , and it’s finally happening. The best part is that Lyft is giving East ers the reins to determine how new mobility options will serve them.”

“The Scraper Bike Team is excited to be a partner on this program to empower black and brown residents and get more butts on bikes!” said Champ Stevenson, Jr., Founder and Executive Director of the Scraper Bike Team. “We’ll help make sure the programs and infrastructure reflect the existing community and culture here in deep East . We plan on employing folks from the community to assist with some of the equity work that will move in the direction we the people believe it needs to be moving in.”

Today Lyft is donating $700,000 toward a $1 million capacity-building grant to TransForm and their partner organizations, East Collective and Scraper Bikes, to support their work on three key initiatives that will address historic transportation inequities in :

1. Community-Driven Placemaking

TransForm will convene a network of East organizations to help guide a participatory design process for the creation of new parklets and future bike share stations in East . This innovative, community-driven process will focus on how bike share stations can improve placemaking, build community ownership, and support local businesses.

2. Mobility4All Partnership

Lyft and TransForm will fund the East Collective to pilot a free ride program for underserved populations. Qualifying residents will have access to subsidized AC Transit passes, free Lyft rides and Lyft’s $5/month Community Pass for bikes and scooters.

3. Bike Library at the Shed

Lyft and TransForm will work with Scraper Bikes to establish a free, community-run bike lending library at The Shed. A portion of the bikes will be made available for month-long lending — including bikes that serve the needs of families with young children.

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