Lyft To Bring Back Fleet Of Electric Citi Bikes In Fall

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Citi Bike expects to bring back its fleet of pedal-assist electric bicycles this fall.

The Lyft-owned company pulled its fleet of e-bikes last month after a number of riders were hurt when the brakes engaged while still in motion.

Citi Bike now says the popular transportation alternatives will return after Sept. 21.

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“We expect pedal-assist bikes will return to the Citi Bike system this fall and are hard at work designing an improved model that we know our riders will love,” the company said in a statement. “Rider safety always comes first and we look forward to continuing to serve NYC.”

Earlier this year, Lyft planned to expand the e-bike program and release 40,000 bikes as part of a $100 million investment into the bike-sharing program.

But the plan was halted when it was revealed that the front wheel brake on many of the e-bikes was broken and some riders had been catapulted from their seats.