With Christmas approaching, Uber rival Lyft is bringing its e-bikebackback back to San Francisco today. Under Lyft’s plan, the company will launch hundreds of bikes a week, reaching 4,000 by the end of April 2020. Lyft is also relaunching the service after it suspended its electric-share bike service in July.
In San Francisco, e-bikes are a novel way to get around. But at the end of July, Lyft was unable to temporarily withdraw all of its e-bikes due to a fire on two e-bikes.
But last month, Lyft said in a statement: “After finding the root cause of the battery problem, we decided to work with another battery supplier. Today, we have received new batteries, tested them, and reassembled them on to electric bikes. ”
The announcement came as Lyft struck a four-year deal with the San Francisco Department of Transportation to deploy 4,000 electric bikes in San Francisco as a result of Lyft’s lawsuit against the city.
In June, Lyft sued the city of San Francisco, demanding that the exclusive contract for a bike-sharing program in the city continue. Lyft said in the indictment that the city of San Francisco is trying to allow other bike suppliers to enter, despite lyft’s exclusive rights. The San Francisco Department of Transportation, on the other hand, argues that Lyft’s contract covers only bike-sharing services.
As part of a four-year agreement with the San Francisco Department of Transportation, the new e-bikes will be deployed along with the 4,500 traditional pedal bikes provided by Lyft, bringing Lyft’s total number of bicycles in San Francisco to 8,500.
The new bikes can be parked at stations, but they can also be locked around the city, which will expand the system’s coverage and allow more people to share bikes.