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Lyft Nears Acquisition of Motivate, U.S. Bike-Share Leader

Lyft has agreed to buy Motivate, which runs some of the biggest U.S. bike-share programs, according to two people briefed about the deal. The acquisition, which is likely to be worth $250 million or more, will quickly insert Lyft into the small but fast-growing U.S. bike-sharing market.

The two companies have agreed on the terms of the deal, although it hasn’t been finalized, one of these people said. If a deal is consummated, it would put Lyft ahead of ride-sharing rival Uber, which acquired another bike-share service called Jump in April for around $200 million. Motivate is dominant in New York (operating as CitiBike) and has a big presence in Lyft’s hometown of San Francisco (operating as Ford GoBike), among many other cities.

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Lyft has been talking to the Chinese manufacturer that supplies vehicles to existing U.S.-based scooter-sharing services Lime, Bird and Spin. The scooter market has become a fundraising race, as the companies try to buy up supply and make the vehicles available to customers across the country as quickly as possible. It could be a costly battle in the near term.

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