If you can fold and stow your mobility device in the trunk or backseat of a vehicle, you can take any kind of Lyft ride.
Lyft Wheelchair rides
If you want a wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV) that can fit your fixed-frame wheelchair, we’re happy to help. We offer access to WAV rides through a ride type called ‘Wheelchair’.
When you request a Wheelchair ride, we'll pair you with available drivers who can accommodate a non-folding or motorized wheelchair or scooter. Wheelchair rides aren’t available in every market yet. Learn more about Wheelchair rides here.
Lyft Assisted rides
If you want assistance during pickups and drop-offs, there are Lyft drivers who are happy to help!
When you take a Lyft Assisted ride, your driver can meet you at the front door of your pick-up location, help you get in and out of the vehicle, and accompany you to the door of your destination.
They can also help load and unload light mobility devices (such as canes, walkers, crutches, and foldable wheelchairs).
You can use accessibility features in the Driver app to let passengers know you’re deaf or hard of hearing. We’ll ask them to message you instead of calling if they need to reach you. You can also turn on ‘Flash for new rides’ so that your phone screen flashes when you get a new ride request.
Lyft fosters a diverse and welcoming community for all types of people. Each person is independent and unique. Make sure you ask how you can help before making any assumptions. Always listen carefully to any instructions or requests. If you’re unsure how to help passengers with disabilities, you can watch this video below for a quick guide.
Along with foldable or non-foldable wheelchairs, passengers may require assistance with the following mobility devices:
Canes, crutches and other smaller assistive devices
Coordinate a safe loading zone that won’t block traffic. Many passengers who use wheelchairs won't need any help. You should ask if they need any help, and if their answer is yes, let them instruct you first.
Drivers are required by law and Lyft’s policy to transport riders who use foldable mobility devices. Drivers are required to assist riders in the storage of their mobility devices, unless physically unable to do so.
Blind or low-vision passengers
If your passenger is blind or low-vision, try to pull up as close to where they’re standing if possible. If you can get close to the curb, that's even better.
Offer an arm to guide your passenger to the car, but don’t touch them without asking.
When you drop them off, ask if there’s anything they might need help with. They might ask you to line the car up to the building they’re going to, or to guide them to the door if you can.
Deaf or hard of hearing passengers
Each deaf or hard of hearing person has different communication needs. Some passengers might choose to write in a notebook, or text you to communicate. Others prefer to use sign language or gestures. Your passenger might read your lips or choose to speak. No matter the method, follow your passenger’s lead when it comes to communicating.
Just like with any passenger, confirm their name and destination before you start the ride.