Since 2018 when bought the parent company CitiBike Motivate, Lyft has operated bicycle networks throughout the United States. And while its fleet has included both traditional bicycles and those with pedal-assist electric transmissions, it now introduces a ebike of his own conception.
Developed for the better part of three years, the EV features a single gear transmission and a more powerful 500-watt electric motor. This should make the bike easy to maneuver and maintain, since there is no front or rear derailleur. Complementing these parts is a Lyft battery claim it can go up to 60 miles on a single charge. Lyft has built the power cell and cables that connect all the various components into the bike’s frame, which should help protect them from the elements and from the vandals.
And speaking of the frame, the company has come up with a new type of paint that is retro-reflective. Which will make the ebike reflect night light like a road sign. The front of a bike also features an LED ring that illuminates the track in front of Lyft’s signature pink tone, while the rear wheel includes a hydraulic disc brake for more consistent stopping power. Sensors throughout the frame will make it easier for the company to ensure that properly maintained models are out of the way.
And so that more people can try the bike, Lyft has redesigned the seat pin to better accommodate riders of all heights. An integrated speaker system and LCD screen will guide you to unlock and park the bike, as well as other parts of its operation.
The introduction of this new model comes as more and more people in the United States and other parts of the world are looking at different modes of transportation to navigate while the pandemic is still a problem. According to Lyft, more than 1.8 million people tested their bikes and scooters for the first time last year. Their data also shows that people particularly like ebikes, with these models getting two to three times more use of the company’s classic pedal bikes.
If you’re in the Bay, you have the opportunity to try out the new ebike starting next week when it will be added to the Round Bay fleet. Later in the year, Lyft will begin integrating bicycles into its own Divvy Program in Chicago.
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