On February 19th Lyft, the second-largest U.S. network car company, announced that it would launch hundreds of shared motorcycles in New York City. It is also a 10-month suspension for Lyft’s shared motorcycles after they were suspended for complaints and injuries. The motorcycles will be available at nearly 900 Citi Bike storage sites in New York, with a minute-by-minute fee, while regular bikes will be fixed rates, Reuters reported on the same day.
The price of the shared motorcycle is 15 cents per minute and the annual card membership is 10 cents per minute. The price of a regular shared bike is 3 cents per 30 minutes for non-member users.
New York is the most populous city in the United States, with more than 8 million people, and is an attractive market for transportation providers. After Lyft acquired the former Citi Bike operator in 2018, it signed an exclusive partnership agreement with New York City to operate the city’s public bicycle system.
Citi Bike, named after its sponsor, Citibank, has grown rapidly since its first launch in 2013. According to New York City, about 12,000 shared bikes were cycled about 21 million times in 2019, an 18 percent increase from the previous year.
Uber, which also runs a bike-sharing network, and Lime, an electric scooter company, have criticized New York City’s exclusive partnership with Lyft. Under New York state law, motorcycles and electric scooters are not allowed to operate outside the Citi Bike program.
Lyft pulled out of the ride-hailing service in April 2019, when the company said it had “a small number of reports from cyclists that their front wheels had too much brakes.” Lyft later said it had replaced the battery supplier and changed the brakes on the bike.
“We are confident that the return of these high-sought bikes will allow our partner Lyft to build on Citi Bike’s record-breaking ride rate last summer,” New York City Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg said in a statement. “