Lyft Acquires the Largest Bike-Sharing Company in the United States


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Lyft has agreed to buy Motivate, the bike-sharing company which operates Citi Bike in New York City and Ford’s GoBike program in San Francisco.

In fact, Motivate is currently the largest bike-sharing company in the states, reportedly responsible for nearly 80 percent of bike-share trips in the country.

Lyft says it “will invest to establish bike offerings in our major markets and pursue growth and innovation in the markets where Motivate currently operates.” The company added, “Together Lyft and Motivate will revolutionize urban transportation and put bike-share systems across the country on a path toward growth and innovation.”

The deal is rumored to be around $250 million, with Lyft taking on Motivate’s city contracts.

In addition to New York City and San Francisco, the company’s bike-sharing networks operate in Chicago, Boston, DC, Portland, Columbus, and Minneapolis.

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