Ride-sharing platform Lyft celebrated its one-month anniversary in Ottawa on Tuesday and sent along some statistics showing where people are traveling: ** Top destinations **
* Hotel: The Westin * Mall: Billings Bridge * Nightlife spot: The Lieutenant's Pump * Movie theatre: Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP * School: Carleton University.
The busiest day of the month was April 6 (a Friday… rushing home for the weekend or to watch the Sens game?). The busiest time of day was between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and the top area was downtown.
The longest ride taken with the platform was 200 km (where did they go!?).
In a statement, Aaron Zifkin, managing director of Lyft Canada said: “We’ve been in Ottawa for a month and we’re thrilled to be here. We’ve seen Ottawa residents using Lyft for many different purposes, from nights out on the town to commuting to and work or school. We’re proud to offer reliable and affordable transportation and an earning opportunity for so many who drive with Lyft.”
Lyft is Uber’s main competitor and both work the same way – by downloading an app and providing payment information, users can order a ride to take them wherever they need to go. While taxis charge a flat rate by distance, Uber and Lyft adjust their prices based off demand – which can lead to sharp increases in prices for even short trips.