Lyft Taking E-Bicycles off Streets in California Over Risk of Battery Fires
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – According to a news story reported online at businessghana.com, the company Lyft is taking its electric bicycles off the streets in San Francisco, California, and other parts of the state over the risk of battery fires. The move comes after two bikes were reported to have caught on fire.*
The bikes will be pulled from the South Bay Area in addition to San Francisco. According to the report, two battery fires involving Lyft e-bikes were reported in just a few days, and the company decided to take the bikes off the roads. Lyft is better known for its ridesharing service but has been trying to expand into other modes of transportation, including electric bicycles and electric scooters.
In announcing the removal of its e-bikes, Lyft said the action was being taken out of “an abundance of caution” and that it would be updating its batteries to keep customers safe. The company also expressed gratitude for people’s patience as it was working to make the bikes available again as quickly as possible.
Officials in San Francisco are concerned about the removal of the bikes and battery fires, the report said, and will be looking into the situation further to make sure future Lyft bikes are safe.
“It is unfortunate that this incident occurred, and we are currently monitoring the situation,” said a spokesperson for SFMTA. “We encourage Lyft to put customer safety first. We have an inquiry into Lyft as to the circumstances surrounding this incident as well as to how they intend to prevent any future fires and ensure the safety of customers and the ongoing operability of the bikesharing system. Bikeshare is an important part of the SF transportation system. The Agency is working to ensure that our residents can consistently rely on the safety and availability of bikes.”
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