Uber destroys thousands of bikes and scooters
Uber is destroying thousands of electric bicycles and scooters after selling its Jump business to Lime.
Videos of his shattered red bikes in a recycling center were shared on social media, angering cycling supporters.
Uber said it had decided to destroy thousands of its older vehicles due to maintenance, liability and safety issues.
In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not demolished any bikes.
A spokesman told the BBC that the Jump to Lime sale had not been completed in Europe and that Jump continued to operate “normally” in London.
In 2018, Uber said it will focus more on its electric bike and scooter business than on cars.
But on May 7 of this year, Uber announced an agreement that saw Lime take over the Jump bike industry.
As part of the deal, Uber invested $ 170 million (£ 139 million) in Lime, while Lime acquired “tens of thousands” of Uber Jump bikes – and associated intellectual property.
Lime CEO Wayne Ting has said he prefers Uber’s bike design and will distribute more in the future.
However, there were also “tens of thousands” of older models that Lime did not inherit as part of the deal.
Videos shared on Twitter show that bicycles arriving at a recycling facility in North Carolina must be destroyed.
Disappointing charities and organizations suggested that bicycles could have been donated to community groups or sold to individuals to increase the spread of electric bicycles.
“Why not at least peel the decals [branding] off and sell bikes to individuals? “Jon Orcutt of Bike New York, a nonprofit group, told Motherboard news site.
“We explored the donation of the remaining previous model bikes,” said Uber in a statement.
“But given many significant problems – including maintenance, accountability, safety concerns and a lack of consumer-grade refill equipment – we decided that the best approach was to recycle them responsibly.”