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Lyft Introduces New and Improved Citi Bikes

Lyft has added 1,400 improved electric bikes to New York City’s Citi Bike fleet. The new e-bikes, which debuted in the city on May 5, feature an updated engine and a longer range, among other upgrades, further enhancing users’ ability to reach their destination without experiencing fatigue, as they would with a classic bicycle. 

According to Lyft, when the company was creating the new fleet, they collected customer feedback for how they could improve their e-bikes. This improved model can go 60 miles on a single charge, double that of the prior generation. Other new features include a built-in screen and speaker to help riders with easier locking and unlocking. Future plans are to make the screen usable for navigation as well. 

Before arriving in New York, these e-bikes were only available in San Francisco and Chicago. The new electric bikes already seem to be a success here, according to Citi Bike, as they’re being used 90 percent more than the other bikes. For the first couple of months, access to the latest model bikes will be exclusive to members of Lyft Pink, Citi Bike and the Reduced Fare Bikeshare. By the end of the year, the new bikes are expected to make up four-fifths of Citi Bike’s electric bike fleet.

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