Lyft is officially jumping on the bike-sharing bandwagon, as the company just announced they’ve purchased Motivate—the parent company of several bike-sharing programs, including NYC’s CitiBike.
Only a few months after Uber acquired Jump (a dockless bike startup), Lyft is acquiring the country’s largest bikeshare operator. Motivate already has systems in place in cities including San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, NYC, Portland, and several others.
Under the new acquisition, the bikes will now be called “Lyft Bikes.” According to Lyft co-founder and president, John Zimmer, “Lyft and Motivate have both been committed for years to the same goal of reducing the need for personal car ownership by providing reliable and affordable ways to move around our cities.”
The acquisition comes on the heels of Lyft’s carbon neutrality pledge, and will be part of their Green Cities Initiative. As of now, it is unclear when exactly you’ll be able to start using the Lyft app to use the bikes, or what cities they plan to expand into.
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