Photo : Spencer Platt ( Getty ) At the beginning of the year, the wheels broke and electric Citi motorcycles were abruptly ejected Torn streets of New York City. Now the hell wheels are back. Citi Bike, which owns the Lyft subsidiary Motivate, announced Friday that the e-bikes will be returning sometime this winter, though an exact date was not announced. The company refused to specify Gizmodo's application . Thousands of bicycles were taken out of service in April after it was reported that people were seriously injured as a result of a faulty front wheel break – exactly what you hope it does not happen while driving an electric bike.
However, this was not the only e-bike disaster that Lyft had to deal with this year. Over the summer, the company also hauled more than a thousand electric bikes from the Bay Area after it was reported that bicycle batteries were going up in flames. Bay Wheels, which operates like Citi Bike from Motivate, announced earlier this month that the company has since changed battery suppliers and intended to reuse thousands of electric bikes in San Francisco and San Jose in the next six months.
The Citi Bike blog post announcing the return of Hellbikes indicated that the company also redesigned the brake system of its e-bikes when changing the battery supplier for the motorcycles. While Citi Bike originally intended to reuse the bikes this fall, it apparently had a small hook on the parts.
"It took longer than expected to procure all the necessary components for the new bikes and the full safety tests, but we are making progress," the company said. "We expect to launch several hundred e-bikes this winter and gradually build a larger fleet. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience. Although we know that you have missed e-bikes, you've ridden classic motorcycles more than ever – we've had record runs all summer and fall. "
Let's hope that broken bones and open fire pose no unexpected risk to drivers this time around.