- Lyft Inc is getting rid of approximately 3000 electric bikes from service in its bike-share program in San Francisco, Washington, and New York amidst issues pertaining to braking, said the company.
- Lyft has plans to replace defective electric bikes with conventional bikes to avoid interruptions in service.
Lyft Inc. has recently made it to the headlines for unleashing plans to remove several thousand of electric bikes from roads which are currently a part of its bike-share program in San Francisco, Washington, and New York owing to braking problem, stated the ride-hailing firm.
According to a blog post mailed by the company to its customers, the company had lately received few reports from riders stating that they had experienced a braking force higher than expected on the front wheel.
The firm’s bike sharing unit is currently working to replace around three thousand pedal-assist bikes in San Francisco, New York, and Washington with conventional ones to avoid interruptions in service, cited sources close to the matter.
For the uninitiated, the bike sharing brands that have been impacted by the termination of the service include Ford GoBike in Bay Area, Capital Bikeshare in Washington D.C., Citi Bike in New York.
However, docks still have some electric bikes, but they are not available for rent.
As per Julie Wood, the spokeswoman for Citi Bike, after getting few complaints and due to plenteous of caution, the ride-hailing company is proactively stopping its electric bike service. Wood also reiterated that safety has always been the top priority for the company.
Recently, the company revealed that it had been working on a new model of electric bike that would soon be made available to the customers.
Last year, Lyft purchased Citi Bike operator Motivate to ward off competition from Uber Technologies Inc’s acquisition of JUMP Bikes, an electric cycle-sharing startup, reported sources.
Reportedly, Lyft operates approximately 17000 conventional bikes in San Francisco, New York, and Washington.