Aug. 12, 2020 By Allie Griffin
Citi Bike has considerably lower the variety of electrical bikes it had promised so as to add to metropolis streets this summer season.
The corporate pledged so as to add “hundreds” of e-bikes to its fleet over the summer season again in February, however has switched course and can solely be including “a whole bunch,” in response to a report in Gothamist.
A spokesperson for Lyft, which owns Citi Bike, advised the outlet that the coronavirus pandemic slowed the availability chain and restricted the labor pressure in factories producing the e-bikes.
There are about 300 e-bikes at present in Citi Bike’s fleet. The pedal-assist bikes can attain as much as 18 miles per hour and proved to be highly regarded when roughly 1,000 of them have been rolled out in 2018 below earlier possession.
Citi Bike, nevertheless, pulled these e-bikes after a number of months as a result of individuals had issues with the brakes that led to falls.
Lyft launched an up to date mannequin of about 150 e-bikes in February and deliberate to step by step add extra e-bikes till there have been hundreds this summer season.
“Pedal-assist bikes have confirmed extremely widespread, and we’re working laborious to maintain up with demand each every day in addition to by rising our fleet,” a Lyft spokesperson advised the Queens Put up. “We’re on observe so as to add a whole bunch extra all through the remainder of the summer season and extra on high of that this 12 months.”