Uber extends service to electric bike sharing
Ride-hailing giant Uber has extended its offer to electrical bikes in an experiment in its home town San Francisco (California). Uber users can book an electrical bicycle from Jump Bikes with the Uber app, paying 2 dollar for 30 minutes and a dollar extra per 15 minutes on top.
Earlier this month Jump Bikes from New York launched a pilot with 250 shared bikes in San Francisco and plans to double that number in the following months.
Move away from car ownership
“Our broader goals are aligned with Uber”, Jump Bikes’ CEO Ryan Rzepecki told CNN Tech. “How do we move away from personal automobile ownership and towards rides on demand?” Because in a lot of traffic congested cities the bicycle is a faster way to get around, more people are looking into this alternatives.
Uber isn’t the only ride-hailing company spotting the success of the shared bikes. Its Chinese equivalent Didi has launched its own bicycle sharing platform and Mobike, a free-floating bike sharing company operation worldwide has started its own ride-sharing service.