Lyft Re-Introduces Existing EBike Service As Bay Wheels

Posted by at 1:20 pm on June 11, 2019

Ford GoBike — the Bay Area bike sharing system run by Motivate, which was acquired by Lyft last year — is getting a revamp that will bring new ebikes to the Bay Area.

The company, which is set to go by the new name Bay Wheels, will release an ebike model with new features on Tuesday in San Jose. The bikes, which riders will be able to rent through the Lyft app, come with pedal assist for hills and a new lock that will let cyclists park outside of a docking station.

Last year, Ford GoBike released 200 dockless bikes as companies operating dockless scooters descended on the area. The new ebikes are set to arrive in San Francisco and the East Bay later in June.

Unlike the blue color that previously characterized Ford GoBikes, Lyft wants the new wheels to be “pieces of mobile art,” a spokesperson for the company wrote in an email. The company turned to artists, including Allison Tinati or Hueman, to create designs for the new bikes.

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