Rental bikes removed from Seattle during Lime-Jump merger

SEATTLE (AP) — A San Francisco-based transportation company has prepared to redeploy rentable bikes in Seattle after it took over another bike renting company. The Seattle Times reported that the announcement came after bike rental company Jump’s owner Uber led a $170 million investment in Lime. That resulted in in Lime acquiring Jump’s operations. Lime spokesperson Jonathan Hopkins says Jump previously had red-colored rentable bikes throughout the city, but Lime removed them for maintenance and system changes after the acquisition. The Jump bikes are expected to return with new branding under Lime and will to people using the Uber and Lime apps.