First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Ride-hailing company Lyft has recalled 3,000 electric bikes from cities in the US because of concerns over their braking systems.
The brands affected are Citi Bike in New York, Capital Bikeshare in Washington, DC, and the Bay Area’s Ford GoBike.
A similar statement on each company’s website says: “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 pedal-assist 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.”
The New York Times says ‘dozens’ of riders have reported injuries while riding e-bikes.
Citi Bike, which had previously pledged to increase its bike fleet to 40,000 over the next five years, says it will make a new e-bike available soon and will “quickly replace” the models it has removed with “classic pedal bikes”. Meanwhile Ford GoBike said: “A portion of electric bikes in San Jose have different components, and will remain in service.”
Lyft bought Motivate, which runs the three bike-share brands, last year.