Following reports of problematic braking that in some cases resulted in rider injury, Lyft draws its newly acquired network of e-bikes from service in three major cities. These include Citi Bike in New York, GoBike in San Francisco and Capital Bikeshare in Washington.
"After a few reports and with great care, we proactively pause our electric bikes from service," a Citi Cycle spokesman told Gizmodo in a statement via e-mail. "Security always comes first."
Citi Bike said that the issue affects the wheel braking system in markets with e-bikes driven by Motivate, which was acquired by Lyft last year before the first public offer. Lyft plans to start its own e-bike model soon.
About 3,000 electric bikes are pulled from service over the three regions, where Lyft also drives around 1
In a blog post, Citi Bike said that the problem was "stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel." As anyone who has ever been on a bike probably understands, braking on the front wheel with too much force can send the rider flying over the handlebars or at least result in a tumble.
It is obvious exactly what happened when Vice News Tonight Correspondent William Turton, a former reporter for Gizmodo, experienced the issue of first hand:
But even though he broke his face and got "a few cuts," Turton told Gizmodo in a text message that Citi Bike's electric bikes are the biggest creation of modern age and I can't rest until they come back. "
Citi Bike spokesman said the company secured a third-party engineer to identify the cause of the problem, but in the meantime, it is working to replace e-bikes with regular bikes to avoid service interruptions.
In the same blog, Citi said Bike that it plans to distribute a new pedal-assisted bicycle model, soon writes that the newer model "will be available only by scanning a QR code and overall becomes more fun to t ride. "
Here," fun "means" reduced chance of unexpected braking and possible damage. ”
[New York Times]