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Lyft sketches a future for city streets with fewer cars

September 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As Lyft's core ridehail business is pummeled by the pandemic, the company has taken a seemingly surprising step, paying urban planners to sketch out how street space can be shifted from cars to buses, bikes and pedestrians.

Washington, DC (CNN)As Lyft's core ridehail business is pummeled by the pandemic, the company has taken a seemingly surprising step, paying urban planners to sketch out how street space can be shifted from cars to buses, bikes and pedestrians.

Samponaro declined to say if the plans would have any adverse impact on Lyft's core business, and said that streets are currently an underutilized resource with little done to make them sustainable or efficient.

Robin Chase, who founded Zipcar and now leads the New Urban Mobility alliance, said that Lyft's concepts would benefit the company, despite taking space away from cars that make up most of its business right now.

With multimodal transportation there's less need to own a car, Chase said, making residents more likely to use Lyft's services, which include shared bikes and scooters, rather than defaulting to personal cars.

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