Uber is Piloting an Electric Bike-Sharing Services in United States
US-based ride-hailing giant, Uber is Piloting an Electric Bike-Sharing Services in partnership with dockless e-bikes startup Jump in San Francisco. The service will let users book Jump bikes charging $2 for every 30 minutes and then an additional $1 charge for every 15 minutes. Starting next week, Uber will initiate the test programs at San Francisco alongside with Jump’s electric bikes.
Uber is not renting its own bikes instead users will reserve one of the Jump’s 250 bikes within the Uber app and then riders will be responsible to reach the location of the bike. The Jump is the only startup company that granted permission and has contracted with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to share and operate its 250 dockless e-bikes in San Francisco, earlier this month. The Jump will launch its bikes between now and March and depend on how things will go, the SFMTA will allow the company to release additional 250 bikes to its column after nine months. The bikes will be assisted by the pedal method where electrical power will be given to the wheels.
The ultimate goal of this partnership is to connect the large audience, the neighborhoods to make them understand the transportation issues and to provide affordable, sustainable, and greener transportation to the masses. “It’s exciting to unveil e-bikes share to the larger audience in the U.S as more people are concerning and enjoying health benefits and convenience,” said Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Jump Bikes.
“We are delighted as it is the Uber’s first foray into the future of bike-sharing service and we are always in a kind of move that makes transportation sustainable and more affordable for people,” said Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy, and Research at Uber.
The Uber and Jump had planned to work together for at least 18 months of the Jump’s contract with the SFMTA but have not disclosed the financial terms of their partnership. The bike-share service will be live only in San Francisco, but Salzberg wants to launch Uber bike more broadly.
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