Lyft riders spend additional $37M in Detroit economy

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 13:37:40-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Lyft announced its annual Economic Impact Report Thursday in Detroit, revealing how riders have affected the city over the past year.

The report found in 2018 Lyft riders spent an additional $37.3 million in the Detroit economy. Last May, Lyft and DDOT launched a pilot program to help get riders to and from work.

“Every day, people are using Lyft in Detroit as a way to connect with their community, support local businesses, and commute more efficiently. This is having a dramatic and real impact on our city by enabling riders to move around seamlessly and drivers to earn on their own time,” said Lyft Detroit General Manager Elliot Darvick. “As Lyft works to better knit together North American cities, including through bikes and scooters, we hope to continue to find new ways to invest in the local Detroit economy.”

Here are a few highlights from Lyft's 2019 Economic Impact Report:

  • 46% of riders explore more areas of their city as a result of using Lyft
  • 96% of drivers say 
a flexible schedule is very 
or extremely important.
  • 36% of riders spend more at local businesses as a result of using Lyft
  • 77% are less likely to drive substance impaired due to the availability of Lyft
  • 91% drive fewer than 20 hours per week
  • 46% of vehicle owners use their cars less because of Lyft.
  • 39 % of healthcare riders state that without Lyft they would be less likely to make it to their appointments regularly.

Read the full survey here.