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Lyft Pulls Thousands of Electric Bikes Due To Excessively Strong Breaks

In the world of bike shares, electric bikes are supposed to be the next big thing making transportation easier and faster. However, it’s clear that there’s a lot of kinks that still need to be worked out. Recently, Citi Bike — whose operator, Motivate , is owned by Lyft— said in a blog post that it would be pulling bikes due to “a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel.” Motivate is the largest bike share operator in the country, so an error with their bikes is no small thing. Excessively strong breaks isn’t what most people expect to hear as the reason bikes are being pulled. However, breaking too hard on the front wheel could definitely cause problems. Overall, 3,000 bikes will be pulled from Lyft’s programs in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, according to CNBC . Outside of Citi Bike in New York City, Capital Bikeshare and Ford GoBike will be affected by the removals. “We know this is disappointing...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 15, 2019

Paris Wants To Tax Bike And Scooter-Share Companies

E-scooters and bike-sharing docks are now amongst the many things tourists can see on the streets of Paris. According to city officials, there are about 15,000 free-floating modes of transportation in Paris. Now, the city is looking to tax operators like Lime and Bird. “If these new modes of mobility are of interest – less pollution, non-noisy – they are not without posing real difficulties,” the Paris City Council said on its website. There are 40,000 more vehicles set to arrive in the city and Paris officials are gearing up to push legislation that will solidify the tax on scooter and bike-sharing companies. “The rise of cycling in the capital is a key issue for sustainable mobility, but it can not be done at the expense of sharing the harmonious public space,”  Paris City Council said in another post. Paris is also set to create new legislation around parking e-scooters. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is currently pressuring the Prime Minister to create new regulations on the...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 22, 2019