Lyft Pulls Thousands of Electric Bikes over Safety Concerns

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Lyft decided to remove approximately three thousand electric bikes from its bike sharing program in New York, San Francisco and Washington after riders reported brake problems.

Lyft is the largest bike share service operator in the United States. Last year, the ride-sharing company acquired Motivate, which operates the bike share brands including Citi Bike in New York, Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay area, Capital Bikeshare in Washington D.C. metro area, Divvy in Chicago, BIKETOWN in Portland, Nice Ride in Minneapolis and GoGo in Columbus, Ohio.

“Reliability and safety come first”

In a blog post on Sunday, Motivate said “We recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the electric bikes from service for the time being. We know this is disappointing to the many people who love the current experience — but reliability and safety come first.”