Uber’s JUMP kicks off with 500 shared e-bikes in Brussels
American ride-hailing company, Uber, has kicked off its JUMP shared e-bikes offer in Brussels in the presence of Brussels Minister of Mobility, Pascal Smet (sp.a). JUMP starts with 500 shared e-bikes spread over the city, Saint-Gilles, Ixelles, Etterbeek, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode and Schaerbeek. Brussels is the fifth European city where JUMP is launched, after Berlin, Lisbon, Paris and Madrid.
First with a license
JUMP is not the first supplier of shared e-bikes in Brussels, “but it is the first with a license”, says Nikolaas Van de Lock, general manager of JUMP Belgium, at the launch at the Velomuseum in the city centre.
The bikes can be reserved via the Uber app. “In addition to a car ride, Uber users in Brussels can now also book a bike with a push of a button. The shared e-bikes are also complement to the Uber X platform and public transport”, Van de Lock says.
The pedelecs have an engine in the front wheel and go up to 25 km/h. The batteries of the bikes are interchangeable, so JUMP claims that it can guarantee that the bikes are always available with enough battery level.
The batteries are charged with green electricity and employees with electro cargo bikes are responsible for changing the batteries.
Too many cars
On Thursday, Minister Smet was “very happy” with the arrival of JUMP in Brussels. “We now have to make customers aware of the need to avoid leaving bicycles on footpaths and to respect pedestrians. But it aren’t the bikes that cause problems in Brussels. It are the cars, of which there are far too many.”
A ride with JUMP costs 1 euro to unlock the bike and 0,15 euro per minute. To celebrate its launch in Brussels, JUMP is offering four days of free rides via the Uber app from Thursday 25 April to Sunday 28 April.