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Lyft has unveiled new electric Citi Bikes in NYC

Lyft has unveiled new electric Citi Bikes in NYC

Photograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out New York The new bike has an LCD screen and a hydraulic brake system. NYC’s electric Citi Bikes are getting an…

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Photograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out New York The new bike has an LCD screen and a hydraulic brake system.

NYC’s electric Citi Bikes are getting an upgrade that will bring cycling into the future and make getting across the city a breeze.

Lyft is introducing its brand-new e-bike into its Citi Bike fleet starting Thursday, May 5. The high-tech new bikes will gradually roll out with access to all riders by fall 2022.

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The new e-bike looks very different than the current blue bikes that have black battery packs attached to them.

First off, it’s white for better visibility and has a longer-lasting battery with a 60-mile range, meaning less charging. It also features a built-in LCD screen and speakers to give riders audio and video instructions for unlocking and parking.

The bike’s motor has also been upgraded to offer a smoother and faster ride and there’s now a hydraulic brake that allows for smoother, safer stopping. There are other new safety upgrades, including a "powerfully illuminated" beacon for better visibility as well as retroreflective paint similar to street signs and smart sensors that take the bike out of service in case of equipment failure. Photograph: courtesy Lyft/Citi Bike Lyft’s team said they took what wasn’t working on its original e-bike and fixed those issues, including the sometimes difficult seat adjuster. Now, a rider just needs to lift a handle to adjust the seat.We tried out the new bike on Thursday […]

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