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Rideshare Programs, Benefits, and Promotions

Lyft has ramped up efforts to protect riders and drivers during COVID-19 by implementing a Health Safety Program with new policies, commitments, and products designed to address the needs of the community. Lyft’s Health Safety Program includes: Personal health certification for drivers and riders. Required face masks for drivers and riders. Health safety education for drivers and riders, and distribution of cleaning supplies and masks for drivers.

As part of the partnership, UC San Diego students, faculty, staff, and community members will have access to all of these services that support and benefit the university community:


Unlock your first $15 free ride credit when you set up your business profile and associate it with your email address. 

Activate your Lyft business profile today.

  1. Download the Lyft app and sign up
  2. Go to 'Settings' and select 'Business profile
  3. Enter your email 
  4. Enter payment methods (personal/business/travel & entertainment card etc.)

Once your profile has been set up, Lyft will add a $15 credit to your account on the first business day of the following month.

Use personal mode only when claiming free ride credits or using promotional codes. Switch back to your business profile for all paid, non-promotional rides to keep unlocking incentives.

Remember to tap into Business Mode to help drive support for university programs and initiatives. Simply tap ‘personal’ to switch to ‘business’ on the ride request screen. View Lyft app screenshots to see how to toggle between personal and business mode (PDF).

Before using Lyft, every rider and driver will be required to self-certify that they will wear face masks throughout the ride, are symptom-free, and will follow CDC and local guidelines related to COVID-19. 

Business Travel

Save time and simplify travel by creating a Lyft Business Profile with your email address. Employees can expense rides with ease by selecting their preferred payment method for trips, routing business ride receipts directly to their work inbox, and switching easily between personal and professional rides. New activations receive $15 in personal ride credit!


With Lyft Events, departments can ensure University guests have a convenient ride to and from local University-sponsored events. How Lyft events work: set up your event, provide the unique event code to guests, and on the day of the event guests can use the promo code for a department funded Lyft ride. For more information see Lyft Events.


With the Concierge platform, departments can remotely request rides for anyone from employees and guests to students. It is a convenient way to support business transportation needs, with no app or smartphone required. Rides can be requested on demand, or scheduled days in advance. To request Concierge access, please send your request to the UC San Diego Services and Support portal (login required) and describe how your department will use rideshare services to conduct University business (excludes employees on 'travel status').

Safe Rides

The Associated Students have teamed up with Lyft to provide safe rides home for students. The Safe Rides program provides subsidized transportation to students who link their email address with a Lyft account. Students can unlock a limited amount of free or discounted rides per quarter. Offers vary. Students can contact Associated Students or visit UC San Diego Safe Rides at the start of each quarter for program details.


Friends & Family

Lyft is providing $5 off one ride for Friends and Family of UC San Diego (new users only). Offer the Friends and Family promotion to visiting parents, guests headed to or from the airport, or as encouragement to use rideshare services to attend campus and sporting events. To download the code, visit: UC San Diego | Lyft Friends & Family

Lyft's Call to Action 

"We are committed to taking actions that support communities of color and combat systemic racism. As part of our continued commitment to communities of color through LyftUp, our transportation access initiative, we're providing $500,000 in ride credit to national civil rights organizations who have been working to facilitate essential transportation and equitable access during the recent crises. Learn more about the actions we're taking right nowWe are committed to being a part of the solution. Thank you for being a part of the Lyft community." 

Sustainability and Climate Impact Goals

Lyft rides are now carbon-neutral through the direct funding of emission mitigation efforts, including the reduction of emissions in the automotive manufacturing process, renewable energy programs, forestry projects, and the capture of emissions from landfills. Our partner 3Degrees oversees the independent verification of all projects according to rigorous third-party standards, as well as ensures that we are only supporting emission reductions that are new and would not have happened but for Lyft’s investment (known as additionality). The majority of these projects will be in close proximity to our largest markets, and all projects will be US-based.

John Zimmer & Logan Green, Lyft Co-founders


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