Uber launches JUMP dockless electric bikes in San Diego with free rides

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Uber launched a fleet of JUMP e-bikes Monday in San Diego, making it the 12th city in the U.S. and fifth in California to have the service.

Uber plans to disperse 300 bikes around a 28-square-mile service area from Pacific Beach to Crim Avenue downtown. The company hopes to expand to 95 square miles by the end of the year.

The bikes are dockless, electric and can accelerate up to 20 mph. Theyo feature “lock-to” technology and a GPS system to coax riders to lock them in places outside of pedestrian walkways. Shared bikes and scooters have received push-back from San Diego residents in part due to concerns over riders locking them in areas where they block foot traffic.

JUMP launched as a bikeshare company in 2017 and expanded to multiple metro areas around the U.S. Uber acquired JUMP in May as part of the ride- hailing company’s effort to increase its footprint in the public transit market. Uber launched in Los Angeles last Wednesday after receiving an operating permit from the city.

“We see a world where people in San Diego can easily live without a car by taking advantage of a wide variety of transportation options, from ebikes to rideshare and beyond, requested right from the Uber app,” said Mike Egziabher, general manager of JUMP’s Southern California branch. “Today’s launch gets us closer to that vision by giving people in San Diego an affordable, environmentally friendly way to get from point A to point B.”

Uber will offer five free 30-minute bike rides per day to each San Diego customer through Dec. 9 to celebrate the launch. The bikes can be located and unlocked with the Uber app and the JUMP app. At launch, a ride on one of the bikes in San Diego will cost $1 to unlock and 10 cents per each subsequent minute.

Uber’s full press release can be read below:

 

Today, Uber announced the launch of dockless electric bikeshare service JUMP in San Diego. JUMP bikes are electric and provide a boost with every pedal (up to 20 mph), making it easier for riders to get around their city without breaking a sweat. The bikes have integrated “lock to” technology and feature GPS intelligence, to encourage riders to lock their bikes in responsible locations outside of the pedestrian pathway.

“We see a world where people in San Diego can easily live without a car by taking advantage of a wide variety of transportation options, from ebikes to rideshare and beyond, requested right from the Uber app” said Mike Egziabher, General Manager, Southern California, JUMP. “Today’s launch gets us closer to that vision by giving people in San Diego an affordable, environmentally friendly way to get from point A to point B.“

While pricing varies by city, in San Diego at launch, ebikes will cost $1 to unlock and then just 10 cents per minute to ride. As part of a launch promotion, riders get five free trips up to 30 minutes long each day through December 9. JUMP will start with 300 bikes available across a 28 square mile radius, from Pacific Beach all the way downtown to Crim avenue; and from the northmost point at Chalcedony St. to the southmost point at National Ave.

In 2017, JUMP bikes launched the first ever dockless electric bike share system in the United States. Dockless bike share expands transportation options for residents by making it easier to rent and park a bike anywhere within the service area, instead of at designated stations. In May, Uber acquired JUMP as part of its mission to expand the menu of affordable, reliable transportation options that can be requested using  the Uber app, and make it even easier for residents to get across town without relying on their own personal vehicle.

JUMP’s pedal assist bikes are available in Austin, Chicago, Denver, New York City, Providence, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. They also have scooters available in Austin, Santa Monica and LA.

In California, JUMP is already bringing multimodal transportation to users across the state. In October, JUMP started expanding its fleet of bikes San Francisco, from 250 to 500 bikes after data showed that over 38,000 unique riders took more than 326,000 total trips during the pilot. Around Sacramento, JUMP recently expanded its service area by more than 50 percent to meet demand of more residents. And last week, it announced that it started deploying 3,000 ebikes and scooters across LA.

How it Works:

With both the Uber and JUMP mobile apps, users can find and unlock JUMP pedal-assist ebikes. It’s simple to use.

Via Uber:

  • Tap the “mode switch” on the homescreen of the Uber app, and select bike
  • You’ll see the available JUMP bikes around you, and can select one to reserve.
  • The app will give you a pin number so you can unlock your bike.

Via JUMP:

  • Download the JUMP Bikes app to create an account.
  • Use the in-app map to find and reserve bikes – or simply walk up to a bike and enter your account number and four-digit pin.
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