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Spin’s electric scooters are available to rent in the Lyft app

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Lyft is integrating Spin’s electric scooters into its app, with the goal of eventually showing the scooters in all 60 cities where Spin operates in the US.

The move comes amid more consolidation in the micromobility world after Tier Mobility in Berlin acquired Spin from Ford earlier this month. Lyft, owner of Citi Bike in New York City, continues to operate its own fleet of e-scooters despite many financial headwinds.

Lyft’s partnership with Spin kicks off in Nashville, followed by 13 additional markets in April, including Phoenix, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Fort Collins, Ann Arbor, Kansas City and Memphis.

Riders will see Spin scooters as an option when they search for their destination in the Lyft app. A Spin scooter can be unlocked through the Lyft app by scanning the QR code or entering the scooter ID number – similar to how Citi Bike customers can unlock a bike through the Lyft app.

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The race between major tech companies to become the “Amazon of transportation” has slowed down since the COVID-19 pandemic turned everyday life upside down. But Spin still sees value in integrating several services into its app, including Google Maps, CityMapper, Moovit, Transit app, Bytemark and Velocia.

Of course, Lyft isn’t the first to integrate scooters from another company into its app. Lime’s scooters have been available to rent in Uber’s app since 2018 after the ride-hail company contributed to a $335 million fundraising round for Lime. Uber later sold its Jump e-bikes to Lime amid a broader move by the company to consolidate its ride and delivery interests.

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