Friday, October 23, 2020

Lyft’s electric Citi Bikes in New York will be offline until September due to brake malfunction

Lyft‘s pledge to expand its fleet of electric, pedal assist bikes in New York’s Citi Bike fleet appears to be on the skids. Lyft pulled 1,000 electric bikes from its Citi Bikes fleet in New York in March after some users were injured due to a brake malfunction.

“We expect pedal-assist bikes will return to the Citi Bike system this fall,” a Lyft spokesperson told Streetsblog. “We’re confident that putting rider safety first is always the right decision, and we’re working hard to design a world-class pedal-assist bike that we know our riders will love.”

Uber, which operates electric bike rentals through its Jump Bikes subsidiary, also experienced a similar issue with its brakes in March. However, a spokesperson told Streetsblog at the time that it had fixed the problem with a “power modulator” added to the braking system.

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Nelson is a writer for LooksDangerous and currently rides a Boosted Mini X, Exway X1 Pro and Segway ES2. Co-founder of dutch lobbygroup LegaalRijden, which focusses on legalizing ESK8 in the Netherlands.
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