- 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.
- Those pedal assist models won’t be returning until at least September, the company confirmed Tuesday.
- A Lyft spokesperson declined to give a timeline for other cities where electric bikes operate, like San Francsico.
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Streetsblog NYC reported Monday that the 1,000 bikes pulled by the ride-hailing operator in March will remain out of service until at least September 21 as the company fixes a brake issue that sent some users flying over the handlebars, according to a Lyft spokesperson.
When it purchased Motivate, the bike share operator behind similar systems in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and other major American cities last year, Lyft pledged to invest $100 million in New York’s existing system, doubling it to nearly 40,000 bikes total – a tenth of which will be electric.
Lyft did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. It’s not clear if pedal assist models in other cities where Lyft operates bikes will return by September 21 date.
“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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