After e-bike fires, San Francisco sets deadline for Lyft to restore bike-sharing service

By DeanYobbi

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — The city transit agency is giving Bay Area Motivate until mid-October to have e-bike service restored after battery fires forced the Lyft bike-sharing fleet off the streets.

If service is not restored by Oct. 15, the city will consider rescinding the company’s interim permit, according to The San Francisco Examiner in a story published Friday. A San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency spokesperson told BRAIN on Monday its request to have service restored is in line with how it treats other transit-permit holders.

“Motivate has not been meeting this permit condition for more than six weeks,” the transit agency spokesperson said.

Lyft, which purchased Motivate last year, did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

The Examiner reported Friday it obtained an email that the transit agency sent to Bay Area Motivate, the Lyft company that owns the Bay Wheels bike-sharing service, asking for the cause of the fires and when service will resume.

The battery fires in July forced 1,000 e-bikes off the streets with Lyft saying it would investigate and update the battery technology. Lyft said vandalism has not been ruled out.

According to The Examiner, the interim permit came from a court battle over who …read more

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