Uber fixes electric bike breaking problem

Source: Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Uber acknowledged Monday that it had modified some of its electric bikes recently after the company encountered a braking problem similar to the one that prompted rival Lyft to recall its own electric bikes in several cities over the weekend.

Uber, which operates a popular electric-bike-share service known as JUMP, said the brakes on its JUMP bikes were modified more than a year ago to smooth out the brake response and make the process more gradual. Lyft moved this weekend to recall its electric bikes after some riders reported that the front wheels could seize up, causing them to slip or fall.

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