Lyft goes to combine Citi Bike into its app for some riders in New York Metropolis. Lyft acquired bike-share startup Encourage again in July and proceeded to develop into a one-stop transportation app in three cities in December. Now, it’s able to do the identical in New York.
Starting early subsequent month, Lyft clients in NYC will be capable of unlock CitiBikes by way of the Lyft app. Lyft says it picked New York as its fourth location after Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Calif. as a result of Citi Bike is without doubt one of the hottest bikeshare methods. Up to now, Citi Bike has logged greater than 75 million rides with a fleet of greater than 12,000 bikes.
Earlier than, riders wanted a particular Citi Bike account however with the Lyft integration, that can now not be needed. The caveat is that that is solely accessible for riders who’re new to Citi Bike. These with pre-existing accounts gained’t be capable of hyperlink their accounts to make use of the Lyft app to unlock bikes simply but. However Lyft says it’s coming over the subsequent few months.
It’s price noting, nonetheless, that Lyft needed to pull CitiBike’s pedal-assist bikes off the street this previous weekend after receiving reviews from some riders that the brakes have been too robust, leading to some folks falling off the bikes. Lyft additionally pulled its pedal help bikes from San Francisco and Washington D.C.
“After a small variety of reviews and out of an abundance of warning, we’re proactively pausing our electrical bikes from service,” Lyft spokesperson Julie Wooden stated in a press release to TechCrunch. “Security at all times comes first.”
It’s not clear when the pedal-assist bikes will return to the CitiBike, Ford GoBike and Capital Bikeshare fleets. Encourage first deployed pedal help bikes in San Francisco about one 12 months in the past earlier than extra broadly deploying the bikes. Presently, Lyft is working with its suppliers and a third-party engineering agency to find out the basis reason behind the difficulty. The recall impacts about 15 % of the bikes accessible, however Lyft plans to briefly change the pedal-assist bikes with basic bikes. In the meantime, Lyft is working by itself electrical bike mannequin that it’ll deploy within the close to future.
Since buying Encourage, Lyft has expanded to extra neighborhoods exterior of Manhattan and agreed to place $100 million into the Citi Bike system. Over the subsequent 5 years, Lyft plans to triple the variety of bikes to 40,000.
Lyft competitor Uber added bikes and scooters to its app final September with the launch of Mode Change. The concept was to make it simpler for folks to modify between completely different modalities.