Lift pushes into bicycles with new acquisitions
of several American bikesharing programs, including GoBike in San Francisco
US ridesharing giant said Monday that it was acquiring the Motivate bikesharing operator as it strikes opposition to Uber competitor in alternative modes.
The terms of the agreement were not announced to Motivate, which runs bicycle programs in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington and elsewhere.
"Lift and Motivate have both been committed for years to the same goal of reducing the need for passenger car ownership by offering reliable and affordable ways to move around in our cities," said John Zimmer, co-author and president of Lyft.  "Gathering Lift and Motivate will accelerate our cooperation launches with cities and deliver even better experiences to our passengers and riders. "
Although Motivate operates traditional bicycle operation with docking stations, the statement states that Lyft would move into the newer" dockless "bicycle programs and pedal-assisting electric bicycles.
The movement of the lift follows that of Uber, who recently bought the electric bicycle stop to allow users of their mobile app to use two-wheelers instead of cars, and are among the growing interest in dockless bikes, which can be rented and dropped anywhere.
Last week announced a $ 600 million increase in a financing round as appreciates the San Francisco group to $ 15.1 billion – far below that for Uber, yet among the most valued venture-backed startups.
The Motivational Name will remain and it will continue to run bicycle programs across the United States, says the statement .
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