NEW YORK — New Yorkers will quickly have the ability to get a trip in a automotive or on a motorcycle utilizing the identical app. Lyft plans to combine the Citi Bike service into its ride-hailing app beginning in early Might, the corporate introduced Monday.
The change will enable some customers within the metropolis to unlock one of many 12,000 blue Citi Bikes and pay for a trip inside the Lyft app.
The app will present these customers close by obtainable bikes and provides a five-digit code to test one out, Lyft says, just like the prevailing Citi Bike app. Riders may also have the choice to price their trip, in accordance with the corporate.
The transfer is a part of Lyft’s effort to mix bike-sharing with its automotive service following its acquisition final 12 months of Encourage, Citi Bike’s mother or father firm.
Whereas Lyft’s portfolio now contains bike-sharing companies in different huge cities similar to Chicago and the Boston space, the corporate famous that Citi Bike is among the world’s hottest programs with a report of greater than 75 million rides.
Lyft says it plans so as to add extra options in New York over the subsequent few months — together with the choice for Citi Bike members to hyperlink their accounts — and broaden the service to different cities quickly.
The announcement got here a day after Citi Bike mentioned it was pulling all of its electrical bikes out of service due to security considerations. It additionally comes on the heels of Lyft’s preliminary public providing in March.