The car share company Lyft is the proud new owner of the largest fleet of shared bikes in the U.S. after purchasing Motivate. The startup recently announced that it will be giving $100 million in investment to New York’s Citi Bike program, under Motivate’s umbrella, to expand the size of bike shares in the city, according to a report from The Verge.
The number of bikes available in the Big Apple is expected to nearly quadruple to 40,000 over the next five years as the investment takes course.
With changes being made to New York’s subway system, including full lines being shut down, the increase of bikes in the road could be met with serious demand.
“We are still learning from our pilot how best to prepare for the L train shutdown, but early results show that demand for pedal-assist bikes is extremely high, and our investment will help meet that demand,” a Lyft spokesperson told The Verge.
The city is currently having an open discussion as to whether or not it will allow e-bikes and scooters on the road. Some law NYC council members are even joining together to call for big increases in the number of bike lanes in the city.
With the expansion of @CitiBikeNYC to a fleet of 40k in 5 years, I’m calling to increase the number of protected bike lanes from 29 miles to 100, to ensure riders and pedestrians are safe and can ride without worry. #sustainabletransit #bikesnotcars pic.twitter.com/3pIHVsGl2M
— Ydanis Rodriguez (@ydanis) November 29, 2018
“It is the job of the City Council to update our laws to reflect the evolving landscape of sustainable transportation options. As the Chair of the Committee on Transportation, it is my utmost priority to ensure that 8.5 million residents and 65 million tourists per year have efficient, safe and affordable mobility options to travel around the City of New York and take our City into the future of transportation,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.