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Lyft pulls ride share bikes from service

The ride-hailing company Lyft has recently gotten into the business of bicycles. This occurred after the company purchased Motivate, which is the largest bike share operator in the U.S. Unfortunately, Lyft has gotten more than it bargained for, and now pulled 3,000 bikes from the New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco markets after reports that the front brake of the company's pedal-assist e-bikes were responding more strongly than expected. This led to some customers going over the bike's handlebars and causing injury, including dozens of reported injuries in New York City. Top speed of these e-bikes is 18 miles per hour

Lyft wrote in a letter to customers on its bike share websites: "Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the pedal-assist bikes from service for the time being."

The company, which is valued at over $24 billion, acquired the Citi Bike, Capital Bikeshare and Ford GoBike parent Motivate in November 2018. It then announced plans to replace the current bikes with a new Lyft Bike design, but that model is not ready for roll out. Instead, the service is replacing the e-bicycles with conventional pedal ride share bicycles. The company also announced that it would add an extra month for free to monthly or annual memberships.

Those injured by a Lyft bike or locally on Zagster can consult with a knowledgeable attorney with experience handling these types of personal injury cases.

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