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The latest electric Citi Bike model will join a growing flock of battery-assisted vehicles on New York City’s streets. 

The latest electric Citi Bike model will join a growing flock of battery-assisted vehicles on New York City’s streets. 

Image credit: Lyft

The E-Bike Effect Is Transforming New York City

As the next-generation pedal-assist Citi Bike arrives, the surging popularity of electric two-wheelers stands to reshape the city’s transportation future. 

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An electric bike can still draw a crowd in New York City.

At least, it can when it’s one of Citi Bike’s next-generation models, which will begin appearing in docks across the bikesharing network this week. With a sleek silver frame and an LCD screen atop the handlebars, the new bikes are a noticeable upgrade from the standard cobalt-blue two-wheelers that have become so familiar on the city’s streets. As I rode one up Eighth Avenue with Laura Fox, the general manager of Citi Bike at Lyft, we drew stares from the sidewalk and an entourage of curious riders in our wake.