Lyft removes pedal-assisted bike sharing program in Washington, NY and San Francisco

The move drips of abundant caution on Lyft’s part which is slated to deploy a new electric bike model soon.

As per a statement from Lyft Inc, the firm is removing several thousand electric bikes from service in its bike-share program from Washington, New York, and San Francisco. The development comes in the wake of a braking problem, said Lyft.

“We recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel,” said Lyft.

Lyft’s bike sharing division is working to replace nearly 3,000 pedal-assisted bikes in Washington, New York, and San Francisco with traditional bikes to prevent service interruptions. Incidentally, Lyft also operates around 17,000 traditional bikes in those cities.

“After a small number of reports and out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively pausing our electric bikes from service, said Citi Bike spokeswoman Julie Wood. “Safety always comes first.”

The company said it had been working on a new electric bike model that would be ready to deploy soon.

Lyft, which went public in March 2019, bought Citi Bike operator Motivate in 2018. The move was aimed at fending off competition from Uber Technologies Inc’s purchase of electric cycle-sharing startup JUMP Bikes.

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