4 months after two battery fires prompted Lyft to take away its rentable electrical bikes from San Francisco, the corporate says it’s now able to return its fleet to town’s streets.
Nobody was driving the bikes once they caught hearth inside days of one another in July 2019, and no accidents had been reported. However the difficulty was severe sufficient for Lyft to briefly pull its e-bikes from town’s streets — and likewise from close by San Jose and Oakland — whereas it investigated what went flawed.
In a message posted on-line, the corporate mentioned it had now recognized the battery difficulty, although it declined to supply any particular particulars relating to the precise trigger. As an answer, it mentioned it’s now working with a unique battery provider.
Shifting ahead, Lyft mentioned it plans to deploy four,000 new electrical bikes over the subsequent six months within the Bay Space, including a whole bunch every week beginning in mid-December.
As a part of a four-year settlement struck with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Company, the brand new e-bikes can be deployed alongside the four,500 conventional pedal bikes additionally supplied by Lyft, taking its general rely in San Francisco to eight,500 bikes.
The brand new bikes could be docked at stations but additionally locked to bike racks across the metropolis, an strategy that may increase the attain of the system, giving extra individuals entry to bikesharing.
A number of fashions
Notably, Lyft mentioned will probably be deploying “a number of fashions of e-bikes” in order that if one other difficulty happens sooner or later, your complete fleet received’t should be pulled from the streets, a transfer designed to scale back disruption to San Francisco’s transportation choices.
In San Jose, Lyft’s electrical bikes will return to the streets subsequent week, although in Oakland the redeployment course of continues to be underneath dialogue with native officers.
In June 2019, Lyft’s app-based bikesharing scheme rebranded from Ford GoBike to Bay Wheels, which is operated by Lyft-owned Inspire, the most important bikeshare operator in North America.
The bikes that caught hearth had been a part of a fleet that was solely two months outdated, however with the brand new two-wheelers, Lyft is promising “higher service and elevated reliability” for its riders.
July’s incident was the second to be suffered by Lyft’s bikesharing operation in a matter of months. In April, it took three,000 of its pedal-assist bikes off the streets in New York Metropolis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., after riders complained of a difficulty with the front-wheel brake.