Number of Lyft rides in Baltimore doubled in 2017

The number of Lyft rides in the Baltimore region more than doubled in the past year, according to the San Francisco-based ride share service.

Mike Heslin, market manager for Baltimore, said it was “in the thousands,” but he declined to disclose the exact number of rides, calling it proprietary information.

The top Lyft destinations in the city in 2017 included two of Baltimore’s newest and trendiest attractions: R. House in Remington and the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fells Point, Heslin said.

He also declined to provide the number of rides to each destination. The top destinations were divided into six categories, he said.

R. House, a large food hall featuring more than a dozen vendors that opened a year ago, was the most popular restaurant among Lyft riders, he said.

The Sagamore Pendry, a luxury hotel built on the old Recreation Pier, was the year’s “trending destination,” despite being open only since the end of March, Heslin said.

Max’s Taphouse, a Fells Point tavern that features a long beer list with more than 1,000 bottles, 100 taps and five casks, was the most popular bar among Lyft riders, Heslin said.

Royal Farms Arena was the top event space, Towson University was the most popular university, and Lexington Market won the “Only in Baltimore” category for a unique destination requested by Lyft riders, Heslin said.

Lyft debuted its “Lux” luxury ride share service in Baltimore at the end of June, he noted.

“We’re starting to see people change the way they live, work and play in the city,” he said. “We’re trying to make it possible to live in the city without a car.”

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