Lyft will provide the hardware and software for Mexico City’s wide-scale expansion of its Ecobici bike-share system.
Under the collaboration, Lyft will supply the bikes, collection points, app, website and back-end operator software for the ecosystem. The project represents the largest application of Lyft’s micromobility solutions to date.
“Providing our in-house developed bike-share hardware and software ecosystem to cities allows Lyft to expand our impact globally by working with experienced and well-established partners to run the system day-to-day,” said David Foster, Lyft’s head of transit, bikes and scooters.
Ecobici was first unveiled in 2010 and has seen more than 73 million trips since then, marking the second highest ridership of bike-share systems in North America, following New York. Since its launch, Ecobici has steadily expanded the number of bikes it offers, with 207 new stations added in July to service 32 neighborhoods.
The recent news marks a renovation of the newly expanded system, announced earlier this month by Mexico City’s mobility department, Semovi. The project will replace existing Ecobici stations with Lyft-provided alternatives before new locations are added in 2023. Lyft estimates the collaboration will help grow Ecobici’s system from 6,500 to 9,300 bicycles and 480 to 687 stations.
Lyft launched an all-electric robotaxi service in Las Vegas alongside Motional earlier this month.